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plume

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noun \ˈplüm\

Definition of plume

  1. 1 :  a feather of a bird: such asa :  a large conspicuous or showy featherb :  contour featherc :  plumaged :  a cluster of distinctive feathers

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

  3. 3 :  something resembling a feather (as in shape, appearance, or lightness): such asa :  a plumose appendage of a plantb :  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 taild :  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 in a Sentence

  1. a hat with bright ostrich plumes

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

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Origin and Etymology of plume

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


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plume

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Definition of plume

plumed

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pluming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to provide or deck with feathersb :  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 in a Sentence

  1. that jerk plumes himself on his supposed athletic skills

First Known Use of plume

15th century


PLUME Defined for English Language Learners

plume

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Definition of plume for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PLUME Defined for Kids

plume

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noun \ˈplüm\

Definition of plume for Students

  1. 1 :  a large or showy feather of a bird

  2. 2 :  an ornamental feather or tuft of feathers (as on a hat)

  3. 3 :  something shaped like a large feather a plume of smoke

plumed

\ˈplümd\ adjective a plumed cap


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