Prose meaning

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Language, particularly written language, not intended as poetry.

Though known mostly for her prose, she also produced a small body of excellent poems.

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(Roman Catholicism) A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass.
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To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way.
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Dull, commonplace talk, expression, quality, etc.
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To speak or write in a dull, tiresome style.
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Prose is regular written or spoken language that is not poetry.

An example of prose is the writing in Catcher in the Rye.

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Ordinary speech or writing, without metrical structure.
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Commonplace expression or quality.
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A hymn of irregular meter sung before the Gospel.
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To write prose.
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The ordinary form of written or spoken language, without rhyme or meter; speech or writing, sometimes, specif., nonfictional writing, that is not poetry.
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Of or in prose.
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Dull; unimaginative; commonplace; prosaic.
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To speak, write, or express (one's thoughts, etc.) in prose or in a prosaic way.
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Language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse.
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Origin of prose

  • 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 pro–1 vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Used in English since 1330, from Old French prose, the Latin word prōsa (“straightforward") from the term prōsa ōrātio (“a straightforward speech- i.e. without the ornaments of verse"). The term prōsa (“straightforward") is a colloquial form of prorsa (“straight forwards") which is the feminine form of prorsus (“straight forwards"), from Old Latin prōvorsus (“moving straight ahead"), from pro- (“forward") + turned, form of vertō (“I turn"). Compare verse.

    From Wiktionary