- Prose is regular written or spoken language that is not poetry.
An example of prose is the writing in Catcher in the Rye.
- the ordinary form of written or spoken language, without rhyme or meter; speech or writing, sometimes, specif., nonfictional writing, that is not poetry
- dull, commonplace talk, expression, quality, etc.
Origin: Middle English from Middle French from Classical Latin prosa, for prorsa (oratio), direct (speech) from prorsus, forward, straight on from proversus, past participle of provertere, to turn forward: see pro- and amp; verse
- of or in prose
- dull; unimaginative; commonplace; prosaic
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- Ordinary speech or writing, without metrical structure.
- Commonplace expression or quality.
- Roman Catholic Church A hymn of irregular meter sung before the Gospel.
- To write prose.
- To speak or write in a dull, tiresome style.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prōsa (ōrātiō), straightforward (discourse), feminine of prōsus, alteration of prōrsus, from prōversus, past participle of prōvertere, to turn forward : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.