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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

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While British weddings are long on pomp, some were short on substance. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "Royal wedding betrays the less-than-classy side of an American bride's family," 18 May 2018 Occupiers came and went, some foreign, some homegrown, leaving a trail of horror, pomp, and hubris in their wake. Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "Discovering the Culture of Mexico City," 18 Oct. 2016 Prime Minister May and her husband welcomed them to Blenheim Palace tonight, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, amid major British pomp and splendor. Fox News, "UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on NATO, Russia and Brexit," 13 July 2018 Trump's visit to Windsor castle will be filled with all the pomp ceremony of a royal visit, with the two heads of state reviewing troops before retiring to the castle for a spot of tea. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump on Queen Elizabeth II: She has 'a great and beautiful grace about her'," 13 July 2018 Even before the draft’s pomp and circumstance unfurled at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Lyles’ name was already on deck — in Utah. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "In 'uphill battle' to secure NBA roster spot, UMBC hero Jairus Lyles is still an underdog," 12 July 2018 The White House and Trump’s British hosts are opting to go big on pomp and tradition, and mostly skip the current circumstances — namely, the mass demonstration against the U.S. president planned for next Friday in central London. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "In Britain, Trump will see castles and the queen and steer clear of protesters," 6 July 2018 While the March unveiling lacked the usual pomp and circumstance, state Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, said politics — the Illinois Department of Transportation is overseen by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner — didn’t play a role. Elvia Malagon, chicagotribune.com, "Why there was no pomp, circumstance or ex-president when Obama Highway signs went up on I-55," 3 July 2018 Trump’s upcoming trip will not be a full-blown state visit, complete with the pomp and ceremony of a Buckingham Palace meeting and military welcome. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Donald and Melania Trump Are 'Really Looking Forward' to Meeting Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle," 6 July 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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