Meaning of prose

prose

Pronunciation: (prōz), [key]
— n., adj., v., prosed, pros•ing.
—n.
  1. the ordinary form of spoken or written language, without metrical structure, as distinguished from poetry or verse.
  2. matter-of-fact, commonplace, or dull expression, quality, discourse, etc.
  3. a hymn sung after the gradual, originating from a practice of setting words to the jubilatio of the alleluia.
—adj.
  1. of, in, or pertaining to prose.
  2. commonplace; dull; prosaic.
—v.t.
  1. to turn into or express in prose.
—v.i.
  1. to write or talk in a dull, matter-of-fact manner.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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