- The definition of a prairie is a large open area of grassland.
Large flat open areas of grass in South Dakota or Kansas are examples of a prairie.
a large area of level or slightly rolling grasslands, esp. one in the Mississippi Valley
Origin of prairieFrench ; from Old French praerie ; from pré, meadow (; from Classical Latin pratum, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form prā-, to bend from source Middle Irish rāith, fortification, Welsh bedd-rod, grave) + -erie, -ery
An extensive flat or rolling area dominated by grasses, especially the grasslands that once covered much of central North America.
Origin of prairieFrench, from Old French praierie, from Vulgar Latin *prātāria, from Latin prāta, meadow.
- an extensive area of relatively flat grassland with few, if any, trees, especially in North America
From French prairie.
- Alternative form of Prairies.