What does prairie mean?

Definitions for prairie
ˈprɛər iprairie

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prairie.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prairie(noun)

    a treeless grassy plain


  1. prairie(Noun)

    an extensive area of relatively flat grassland with few, if any, trees, especially in North America

  2. Origin: From prairie.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prairie(noun)

    an extensive tract of level or rolling land, destitute of trees, covered with coarse grass, and usually characterized by a deep, fertile soil. They abound throughout the Mississippi valley, between the Alleghanies and the Rocky mountains

  2. Prairie(noun)

    a meadow or tract of grass; especially, a so called natural meadow

  3. Origin: [F., an extensive meadow, OF. praerie, LL. prataria, fr. L. pratum a meadow.]


  1. Prairie

    Prairies are ecosystems considered part of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome by ecologists, based on similar temperate climates, moderate rainfall, and a composition of grasses, herbs, and shrubs, rather than trees, as the dominant vegetation type. Temperate grassland regions include the Pampas of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay as well as the steppes of Eurasia. Lands typically referred to as "prairie" tend to be in North America. The term encompasses the area referred to as the Interior Lowlands of the United States, Canada and Mexico, which includes all of the Great Plains as well as the wetter, somewhat hillier land to the east. In the U.S., the area is constituted by most or all of the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and sizable parts of the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and western and southern Minnesota. The Central Valley of California is also a prairie. The Canadian Prairies occupy vast areas of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prairie

    prā′ri, n. an extensive meadow or tract of land, level or rolling, without trees, and covered with tall coarse grass.—adj. Prai′ried.—ns. Prai′rie-dog, a small gregarious North American marmot; Prai′rie-hawk, the American sparrow-hawk; Prai′rie-hen, a gallinaceous North American bird: the sharp-tailed grouse; Prai′rie-war′bler, an American warbler, yellow with black spots; Prai′rie-wolf, the coyote. [Fr.,—Low L. prataria, meadow-land—L. pratum, a meadow.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Prairie

    name given by the French to an extensive tract of flat or rolling land covered with tall, waving grass, mostly destitute of trees, and forming the great central plain of North America, which extends as far N. as Canada.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. prairie

    The natural meadows or tracts of gently undulating, wonderfully fertile land, occupying so vast an extent of the great river-basins of North America.

How to pronounce prairie?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say prairie in sign language?

  1. prairie


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prairie in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prairie in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of prairie in a Sentence

  1. Garrison Keillor:

    A Prairie Home Companion.

  2. Stephen Vincent Benet:

    Honesty rare as a man without self-pity, kinders as large and plain as a prairie wind.

  3. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    The antiwar movement is a wild orgasm of anarchists sweeping across the country like a prairie fire.

  4. Melissa Krueger:

    The bigger question is, why can't a girl wear something other than a dress ? this isn't' Little House on the Prairie.'.

  5. Shawna Hartman:

    There are deep canyons, drainages and gullies that are full of heavy fuels like prairie grasses and red cedar trees. They can hold the heat for a long time and let the fire jump from one place to another.

Images & Illustrations of prairie

  1. prairieprairieprairieprairieprairie

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for prairie

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for prairie »


Find a translation for the prairie definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these prairie definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"prairie." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 17 Feb. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/prairie>.

Are we missing a good definition for prairie? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for prairie:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.