What does the word prowess mean?

Usage examples for prowess

  1. Let Lieutenant Laurent see the men in their bivouacs at night under the stars, and witness their prowess under arms, ces animaux would soon become mes enfants. – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  2. The coltello used to be, and still is at times, the favourite gift of a girl to her lover- to have used it with deadly effect is in her eyes a necessary sign of prowess, and to feel it always ready is in his sight the welcome earnest of power to assert his virility. – Rome by Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker Hope Malleson