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 pommel (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 Researchers detected the elaborate geometric designs on the sword’s upper and lower guards, as well as its pommel. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Dec. 2021 And a specialized stainless-steel pommel works great for hammering on tent stakes, but can be used to tenderize cuts of wild game, as well. Outdoor Life, 23 Feb. 2021 One thing to look for in a camping hatchet is a solid, flat pommel--that’s the part of the hatchet head on the other end from the cutting edge. Outdoor Life, 23 Feb. 2021 The most important feature is its pommel, which acts as a spear and can pierce plexiglass or helicopter windows with ease. Matt Fratus, Field & Stream, 19 Aug. 2020 Depending on the make and model, your knife may have a pommel that comes to a point for precise impact (like smashing glass or skulls). Popular Science, 15 June 2020 Other lavish artifacts laid to rest with the man include a nearly eight-inch copper dagger adorned with a whale bone pommel, or rounded knob at the end of its handle, and a wrist guard made of rare green stone. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2020 Pound the slices on a clean rock with the pommel of your knife to tenderize the meat and flatten it to a consistent thickness. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 9 Jan. 2017 Depending on the make and model, your knife may have a pommel that comes to a point for precise impact (like smashing glass or skulls). Popular Science, 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are pommel horses, vertical bars and all the other equipment that populates a gymnastics school. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, 28 June 2021 It’s the first alpine ski area at Hatcher Pass — long a destination for cross country skiers — since the 1970s, when there was a rope tow and pommel lift at Independence Mine. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Dec. 2020 Not surprisingly, the five fastest serves ever recorded were pommeled by players 6-foot-4 or bigger. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, 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, 12 Sep. 2017 See More

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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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“Pommel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pommel. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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