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pommel

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noun pom·mel \ˈpə-məl, ˈpä-\

Simple Definition of pommel

  • : a high, round part on the front of a saddle

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pommel

  1. 1 :  the knob on the hilt of a sword or saber

  2. 2 :  the protuberance at the front and top of a saddle

  3. 3 :  either of a pair of removable rounded or U-shaped handles used on the top of a pommel horse

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Origin and Etymology of pommel

Middle English pomel, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pomellum ball, knob, from diminutive of Latin pomum fruit


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with pommel


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pommel

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verb pom·mel \ˈpə-məl\

Definition of pommel

pommeled

or

pommelled

pommeling

or

pommelling

play \ˈpə-mə-liŋ, ˈpəm-liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  pummel



Examples of pommel in a sentence

  1. <the elderly woman pommeled the would-be thief with her handbag until he begged for mercy>



Origin and Etymology of pommel

1pommel


First Known Use: 1530


POMMEL Defined for Kids

pommel

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noun pom·mel \ˈpə-məl\

Definition of pommel for Students

  1. :  a rounded knob on the handle of a sword or at the front of a saddle





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