Definition of prom in English:



  • 1British informal A paved public walk, typically one along the seafront at a resort.

    ‘she took a shortcut along the prom’
    • ‘There will be a zero tolerance campaign on graffiti and litter, new toilets for the disabled on the lower prom near Clacton Pier and new showers installed within weeks.’
    • ‘Last time I was there the tide was in, so the best we could do was walk along the prom, making clucking noises at the jet-skiers disrupting the peace.’
    • ‘An early arrival meant we had time for a horse-drawn tram ride along the prom and an electric train connection to Laxey.’
    • ‘We toddled along the prom then had a stroll on the blue flag sands.’
    • ‘They had banned people using the prom but have now discovered a by-law held by the beach patrol making it illegal for people to ride them on the beach.’
    • ‘It also objects to the closure of the public footpath running alongside the river wall at the prom which could stay shut for 18 months while the work is carried out.’
    • ‘My allocated time was too short for a stroll along the prom, so I picked up a small ice-cream cone from the stall next door, and took a turn around the park.’
    • ‘The restaurant is intimate with only a few tables overlooking the famous prom and south pier.’
    • ‘I find the waves banging over the prom have a similar effect on me as a lava lamp.’
    • ‘There's a lovely prom to cycle, roller-blade or just amble along and the sweep of sand along the bay is raked over daily.’
    • ‘While walking on the prom on Saturday night, close to the entrance to the stone jetty, I came across a dog waste bin overflowing with rubbish.’
    • ‘We rode our bikes along the prom on Sunday afternoon.’
    • ‘We walked along the prom to the part of the beach where Edward was allowed to run about on the sands.’
    • ‘Next stop was for lunch, on the prom at Aberdeen beach.’
    • ‘So, today, as I walked along the prom, I resolved to buy Ulysses.’
  • 2North American A ball or formal dance at a school or college, especially one held at the end of the academic year for students who are in their final year.

    ‘he asked me to the school prom but I turned him down’
    as modifier ‘a prom queen’
    • ‘I didn't go to the prom and I wasn't a cheerleader.’
    • ‘The prom is a formal dance, usually sponsored by a high school or a college.’
    • ‘Knowledge expands her mind, but emotionally she's about as advanced as a high school prom queen.’
    • ‘Kaitlyn was always going to win prom queen, just to show up Karen.’
    • ‘In their senior year, they won both homecoming and prom king and queen.’
    • ‘If everyone had their prom in a gym, the world would be happier.’
    • ‘She'll never make it to the prom, graduate from high school, or get married and have a family of her own.’
    • ‘Well, junior prom is coming up, and I have a boyfriend.’
    • ‘Senior prom is probably the highlight of many people's high school career.’
    • ‘Erica came over after school so we could see each other's prom pictures.’
    • ‘Trust me, by the time you experience the fun of dating in college, your prom will seem like a distant memory!’
    • ‘They burst in and thought it was a high school prom party.’
    • ‘Both parties are courting this constituency like a nerd trying to con a cheerleader into attending the senior prom.’
    • ‘Senior prom is traditionally one of the highlights of high school for American students.’
    • ‘Morgan had skipped every prom and special occasion possible.’
    • ‘Even her white prom gown and naturally curly hair look vaguely repulsive.’
    • ‘I skipped prom, and (if memory serves) commencement, and I never regretted it.’
    • ‘Yes, they had danced before at their proms, but he had done nothing like this.’
    • ‘The group of friends entered the dance floor of the prom.’
    • ‘He was decent but definitely not the guy I would call as a prom date.’
    ball, discotheque
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  • 3British informal A concert of classical music at which part of the audience stands, in particular one of a series of concerts performed annually at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

    ‘the last night of the Proms’
    • ‘The system would enable the station to broadcast events such as the night at the proms held at the Leonard Cheshire Home, Honresfeld, Littleborough, every year.’
    • ‘His career highlights include a concerto appearance at the RTE proms and his debut CD of works by Schumann and Schubert.’
    • ‘Compare the beginnings of the two symphonies that I will be conducting at this year's Proms.’
    • ‘Finally, there are proms of popular classics, from the sort of easy-listening pieces that fill Classic FM, through to orchestral versions of hits by Queen.’
    • ‘Is it just me, or did I see the entire population of Henman Hill at the last night of the proms?’
    • ‘If I'd remembered, I'd have tuned into the first night of the proms instead.’
    • ‘For the proms they range from £26 for adults and £13 for children, also with reductions for advanced bookings.’
    • ‘A lot of people said it was like the last night of the proms.’


Late 19th century (originally US, in sense ‘formal dance’): short for promenade.