pom·​mel | \ˈpə-məl, ˈpä- \

Definition of pommel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

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


pom·​mel | \ˈpə-məl \
pommeled or pommelled; pommeling or pommelling\ˈpə-​mə-​liŋ, ˈpəm-​liŋ \

Definition of pommel (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of pommel in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hilts and pommels were and are the most common decoration, for dragonglass is too brittle to make a useful crossguard. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Breaking Down the Hidden Clues in Samwell Tarly's Citadel Research on Game of Thrones," 17 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The President’s $17 million home on the island of St. Martin, Le Chateau des Palmiers, was pommeled by Irma days earlier as the then-Category 5 storm wreaked havoc on several Caribbean islands. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, "Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club Assesses Damage after Indirect Hit from Hurricane Irma," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of pommel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pommel


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


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English Language Learners Definition of pommel

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


pom·​mel | \ˈpə-məl \

Kids Definition of pommel

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

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