- 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.
prairie definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French ; 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) plush -erie, -ery
prairie definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French, from Old French praierie, from Vulgar Latin *prātāria, from Latin prāta, meadow.
prairie - Science Definition