\ ˈpämp How to pronounce pomp (audio) \

Definition of pomp

1 : a show of magnificence : splendor every day begins … in a pomp of flaming colours— F. D. Ommanney
2 : a ceremonial or festival display (such as a train of followers or a pageant)
3a : ostentatious display : vainglory
b : an ostentatious gesture or act

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Even though Cincinnati won't get to celebrate by watching the world champions play in-person, there will still be plenty of pomp to mark the World Cup title. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Is the United States women's national team's 'victory tour' coming to Cincinnati?," 12 July 2019 Everything else since that day in March has been pomp and circumstance until Friday night, when Williamson took the court in a New Orleans Pelicans uniform for the first time. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Zion Williamson's debut is up and down, then ends early after knee injury," 5 July 2019 An advocate of martial values and stout public-school patriotism, or a hater of jingoistic pomp? Paul Kennedy, WSJ, "‘If’ Review: The Globe-Spanning Imagination of Rudyard Kipling," 5 July 2019 With them came a lot of pomp and circumstance and some nice drinks. Jenna West, SI.com, "Yankees and Red Sox Combine for 30 Runs and Six Homers in Wild First Game in London," 29 June 2019 He was treated to a good dollop of royal pomp, while tens of thousands of Londoners took to the streets to register their dislike for him. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Trump, Queen, dignitaries mark 75th anniversary of D-Day," 5 June 2019 Television stations were using split screens to juxtapose the pomp of the ceremony with the running street battles outside. The Economist, "Hong Kong protesters storm the legislative council," 30 June 2019 Black asked if Dahl ever watched the pomp and circumstance of the Midsummer Classic. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: All-star David Dahl a smash hit for Rockies, but can Blake Street Bombers 2.0 slug their way to playoffs?," 30 June 2019 Like his wife, Joseph doesn't care for the religious pomp and circumstance of Gilead. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "What's The Deal With Commander Lawrence's Wife In The Handmaid's Tale?," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of pomp

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pomp

Middle English, from Anglo-French pompe, from Latin pompa procession, pomp, from Greek pompē act of sending, escort, procession, pomp, from pempein to send

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English Language Learners Definition of pomp

: the impressive decorations, music, clothing etc., that are part of some formal events


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Kids Definition of pomp

: a show of wealth and splendor

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