\ 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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The whole thing felt fairly normal, and void of any major pomp and circumstance. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "I Went All the Way to the U.K. to Celebrate the Royal Baby, and It Was Not What I Expected," 7 May 2019 While the past regal weddings have been very pomp-and-circumstance, this one is expected to be the same with an environmental-friendly no-plastic stance. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding: Everything We Know So Far," 5 Oct. 2018 Instead of opening with a grand instrumental delivery of the aria’s memorable tune, Tosca’s arias often start simply and without pomp, so the audience might not even realize an aria has begun until a sudden burst of lyricism arrives. Christy Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Opera and cultural change: Understanding the “verismo” of Tosca," 4 Apr. 2018 That’s when the most recent class of basketball legends was briefed on the most stressful part of all the pomp and circumstance: the speech. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "How to Write a Memorable Hall of Fame Speech," 8 Sep. 2018 The 29-year-old from Baltimore County, released in 2014, will don a cap and gown Friday and participate in all the pomp that Goucher bestows on its Class of 2018. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "‘Could I make it in college?’: His journey to a bachelor’s degree started behind bars," 24 May 2018 There was a time when the start of a new TV season would bring with it endless pomp and circumstance. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "There is no fall TV season anymore," 24 Sep. 2018 Kim’s visits to Beijing displayed all the customary pomp and circumstance bestowed on his father and grandfather. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "China’s Xi to send top ally to North Korea anniversary," 4 Sep. 2018 The Massachusetts bill signing had all the pomp deserving of a major piece of legislation. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "One thing missing from the ‘grand bargain’ bill signing? The grand bargainers," 28 June 2018

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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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