\ 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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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 The royal wedding is just days away, but an unfortunate episode of family drama has threatened to take the attention away from the pomp and circumstance. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things for May 15: Melania Trump, royal wedding, Gaza protests," 15 May 2018 Mayor Allan Pomeroy opened the viaduct to traffic on April 4, 1953, in full pomp and pageantry. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near," 7 Jan. 2019 All this … this pomp and circumstance is just a dress rehearsal for things to come, which starts with a commitment to a lifetime of education that should not be limited to just the books assigned or the lectures in the classroom. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "He failed high school chemistry and algebra. Now a doctor, he went to his alma mater to tell graduating seniors about success.," 18 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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