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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

Examples of pomp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Holdfast also helped redefine fine-dining for the city, stripping down the pomp while focusing in on the food. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "One of Portland’s top fine-dining restaurants has closed for good," 7 Oct. 2020 And all of this pomp for Harris to address a backyard audience of, by my count, twenty. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Can the Democrats Win Back Pennsylvania?," 23 Sep. 2020 To be honest, for all the hoopla surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, the former senior royals don’t seem much for pomp and circumstance. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Prince Harry Reportedly Had a Relatable Wardrobe Snafu on His Wedding Day," 3 Sep. 2020 Coming off the heels of Vice President Joe Biden's historic vice presidential pick, it's expected to be a week of (albeit virtual) pomp and circumstance. Editors, USA TODAY, "Monday's Daily Briefing: Democratic National Convention, Trump, NBA," 17 Aug. 2020 The pandemic, the upcoming presidential election, and the sheer absurdity of trying to pull off the pomp and pageantry of a major awards show when nearly everybody involved is at home. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel mocks MAGA, uses laugh track in surreal opening monologue," 21 Sep. 2020 But gone was the grandeur, the pomp and the pageantry. Star Tribune, "Republicans nominate Trump; he questions election integrity," 24 Aug. 2020 For the past five years, WWII Army veteran Lawrence Brooks has celebrated his birthday with pomp and ceremony — and lots of cake — at The National WWII Museum. Nola.com Staff Report, NOLA.com, "Museum launches birthday card drive for America's oldest living WW2 veteran, Lawrence Brooks," 24 Aug. 2020 Viral, candid moments that dominated new coverage in previous years might be few and far between without the traditional in-person pomp and circumstance of a convention. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "The Democratic National Convention is here. Here's what you can expect to see this week.," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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13 Oct 2020

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“Pomp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomp. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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