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plume

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noun \ˈplüm\

Simple Definition of plume

  • : a feather or group of feathers on a bird

  • : a decoration made of feathers or something similar

  • : something (such as smoke, steam, or water) that rises into the air in a tall, thin shape

Full Definition of plume

  1. 1 :  a feather of a bird: as a :  a large conspicuous or showy feather b :  contour feather c :  plumage d :  a cluster of distinctive feathers

  2. 2 a :  material (as a feather, cluster of feathers, or a tuft of hair) worn as an ornament b :  a token of honor or prowess :  prize

  3. 3 :  something resembling a feather (as in shape, appearance, or lightness): as a :  a plumose appendage of a plant b :  an elongated and usually open and mobile column or band (as of smoke, exhaust gases, or blowing snow) c :  an animal structure having a main shaft bearing many hairs or filamentous parts; especially :  a full bushy tail d :  any of several columns of molten rock rising from the earth's lower mantle that are theorized to drive tectonic plate movement and to underlie hot spots

Examples of plume

  1. a hat with bright ostrich plumes

  2. <the Nobel Prize for Literature is the plume that all authors covet>



Illustration of plume

Origin of plume

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pluma small soft feather — more at fleece


First Known Use: 14th century


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plume

verb

Definition of plume

plumedplum·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to provide or deck with feathers b :  to array showily

  3. 2 :  to indulge (oneself) in pride with an obvious or vain display of self-satisfaction

  4. 3 of a bird a :  to preen and arrange the feathers of (itself) b :  to preen and arrange (feathers)



Examples of plume

  1. <that jerk plumes himself on his supposed athletic skills>



15th Century

First Known Use of plume

15th century



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