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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
prom
noun
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Joey walked me home after the prom.
▪ The band first played together at a high school prom.
▪ the senior prom
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ As yet, he has not accepted any of the more than 50 high school prom invitations he has received.
▪ At school the most important decision the student council may ever be allowed to make is the theme for the prom.
▪ I mean, she wanted me to senior class prom.
▪ On the evening of the prom the Rolls broke down.
▪ She took a short cut along the prom.
▪ There is no evidence to verify this, but Al Davis was probably a lousy prom date.
▪ Where previous boy-girl ballads dealt with prom night nerves or playground jealousies.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
prom

"student formal dance in celebration of graduation," 1894, American English shortened form of promenade (n.). Prom dress attested from 1975.

Wiktionary
prom

n. 1 (context British English) a promenade concert 2 (context British abbreviation English) promenade 3 (context US English) a formal ball held at a college near the end of the academic year

WordNet
prom

n. a formal ball held for a school class toward the end of the academic year [syn: promenade]

Wikipedia
Prom

thumb|upright=1.2|A typical gathering, with boys in tuxedos, and girls in dresses with corsages on their wrists.

In the United States, and increasingly in the United Kingdom and Canada, prom is a semi-formal ( black tie) dance or gathering of high school students. This event is typically held near the end of the senior year (the last year of high school). Proms figure greatly in popular culture and is a major event among high school students. High school juniors attending the prom may call it "junior prom" while high-school seniors may call it "senior prom". In practice, this event may be a combined junior/senior dance.

At a prom, a Prom King and Prom Queen may be revealed. These are honorary titles awarded to students elected in a school-wide vote prior to the prom, and seniors are usually awarded these titles. Juniors may also be honored, but would be called "Prom Prince" or "Prom Princess." Other students may be honored with inclusion in a "Prom Court." The selection method for a Prom Court is similar to that of Homecoming Queen/Princess, King, and Court. Inclusion in a Prom Court may be a reflection of popularity of those students elected and their level of participation in school activities, such as clubs or sports. The Prom Queen and Prom King may be given crowns to wear. Members of the Prom Court may be given sashes to wear and photographed together.

Similar events take place in many other parts of the world. In Australia and New Zealand, the terms school formal, and ball are most commonly used for occasions equivalent to the American prom, and the event is usually held for students in senior years, although the bestowing of the regal titles rarely, if ever, occurs. Many schools hold a formal graduation ball for finishing students at the end of the year in place of or as well as a formal. In Ireland a debutante ball or Debs may also be held. In Poland high schools organize a " studniówka". The term "prom" is becoming more common in the UK and Canada due to the influence of American films and television shows.

Prom (disambiguation)

A prom (in the United States) is a formal social event – usually a dance – generally held near the end of the last two years of high school.

Prom or The Prom may also refer to:

Prom (album)

Prom is the second solo album by Amy Ray of Indigo Girls, released in 2005 on her Daemon Records label.

Prom (film)

Prom is a 2011 American teen romance comedy-drama film directed by Joe Nussbaum written by Katie Wech and produced by Ted Griffin and Justin Springer. It was released on April 29, 2011, by Walt Disney Pictures. The film was the first major production shot with Arriflex's Alexa HD cameras to be released in theatres.

Prom (The Secret Circle)

"Prom" is the 21st episode of the first season of the CW television series The Secret Circle, and the series' 21st episode overall. It was aired on May 3, 2012. The episode was written by Holly Henderson & Don Whitehead and it was directed by Alex Zakrzewski.

Usage examples of "prom".

In addition, the request made by certain members of the freshman class to lift the sanction against underclassmen attending the prom unless invited by an upperclassman is denied.

Molly Ringwald go to the prom with the cute rich boy or the poor weird boy?

Proving the importance of the prom from both a societal as well as a BIOLOGICAL point of view!

It would be the greatest honour of my life if I could escort you to the Senior Prom, where you must Promise to dance every single dance with me, except the fast ones that we will sit down during because they are lame.

But I adore you with every fibre of my being, so of course I will go to the prom with you, and dance every single dance with you, except the fast ones because they are lame.

She says that it has always been her dream to go to the prom with the man she loves - like Molly Ringwald dreamed of going to the prom with Andrew McCarthy.

Lana may be going to the prom, but her boyfriend - not to mention his friends - never got detention for her.

You know, whether or not I was crippled with grief over the whole prom thing.

I know that, much as I would have loved to have gone, the prom is not really important.

TV was turned to CNN, and that CNN was doing a story on proms and the trends towards separate proms in many urban high schools - you know, like one prom for the white kids, who dance around to Eminem, and one prom for the African-American students, who dance around to Ashanti.

This was not really my idea of a perfect prom night, but it was better than nothing.

Because now my obsession with the prom is just that: my obsession with the prom.

While the students of Albert Einstein High School sit around, planning their Senior Prom and whining about their finals, people in Tibet are DYING.

Michael had put the whole kibosh on the prom, so it was kind of a moot point.

I would rather have French fries stuck to my heel at the prom than no prom at all.