pomp

noun \ ˈpämp \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

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)
3 a : ostentatious display : vainglory
b : an ostentatious gesture or act

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Origin and Etymology of 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



POMP Defined for English Language Learners

pomp

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Definition of pomp for English Language Learners

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


POMP Defined for Kids

pomp

noun \ ˈpämp \

Definition of pomp for Students

: a show of wealth and splendor


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