pom·​mel | \ ˈpə-məl How to pronounce pommel (audio) , ˈpä- How to pronounce pommel (audio) \

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 How to pronounce pommel (audio) \
pommeled or pommelled; pommeling or pommelling\ ˈpə-​mə-​liŋ How to pronounce pommelling (audio) , ˈpəm-​liŋ \

Definition of pommel (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of pommel in a Sentence

Verb the elderly woman pommeled the would-be thief with her handbag until he begged for mercy
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Give the pommel a twist and out pops a ferro rod that’s good for 3,000 strikes. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The Six Best Survival Knives Ever Made," 1 Jan. 2020 His best showings were a third-place tie on pommel (7.0) and a fourth on rings (7.4). BostonGlobe.com, "2018-19 Boys' Gymnastics All-Scholastics," 10 June 2019 Hilts, pommels, and other details can be customized as well. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with a $434 replica lightsaber: May the dork be with you," 25 Dec. 2018 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 Not surprisingly, the five fastest serves ever recorded were pommeled by players 6-foot-4 or bigger. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH," 12 July 2019 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

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of pommel was in the 14th century

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pommel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pommel. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pommel

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


pom·​mel | \ ˈpə-məl How to pronounce pommel (audio) \

Kids Definition of pommel

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

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