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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web From afar, the four-day trade show looks like a Super Bowl for dapper dandies worldwide except the action takes place on the streets of Florence and the pomp and circumstance certainly eclipse the American tradition. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 12 Jan. 2023 But all that pomp and circumstance couldn’t hide growing tension. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Jan. 2023 The pomp and circumstance paid for by the British people is in no way present. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 9 Jan. 2023 The pomp and circumstance surrounding the Rose Bowl began on Wednesday afternoon. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Dec. 2022 Amid such a frenzied atmosphere, marked by a whir of color befitting the participating teams who boast arguably the most devoted fan bases in sports, the magnetism of India and Pakistan playing one another was in full pomp. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Curiously, Turnstile also turns up in the metal performance category, along with Ozzy, veterans Megadeth, a refreshing entry from veteran Swedish theatrical metallions Ghost and another puzzler: British pomp-rockers Muse. Jem Aswad, Variety, 16 Dec. 2022 The Andrew Heaney introductory news conference at Globe Life Field on Thursday lacked some pomp. Dallas News, 15 Dec. 2022 For all the pomp, the actual revelations in the first salvo of the Twitter Files were a bit thin. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pomp was in the 14th century

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“Pomp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomp. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a show of magnificence : splendor
the pomp of a royal ceremony
: showy display

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