\ 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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President Donald Trump revels in pomp, protocol and monarchical chats with fellow leaders, which should play into China’s hands. The Economist, "Why Chinese officials like useless meetings in over-stuffed chairs," 1 Aug. 2019 Here was a poet of the people for the people, without pretension or pomp, who wrote verse that captured everyday speech, both its fluency and its clank. The New York Review of Books, "Brenda Wineapple," 18 Apr. 2019 How many of us could realize that all the pomp, the noise and the deification was merely a small and fleeting slice of life? Conor Orr, SI.com, "Andrew Luck Stuns the Football World, Walks Away at Age 29," 24 Aug. 2019 Military companies of infantry assembled from the surrounding counties to participate in drills, dress parades, and the overall pomp and circumstance of the day. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "‘Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations’ — A Brief History of the Fourth of July," 4 July 2019 The event had all the pomp and circumstance called for in an 81-year-old tradition. oregonlive.com, "Royal Rosarians find, and award, the best rose gardens in Portland," 26 June 2019 On a night the pomp surrounding the return of one of the most accomplished players in St. Louis Cardinals history overshadowed him, Angels rookie starter could have crumpled. Maria Torres, latimes.com, "Griffin Canning keeps his cool, but Angels fall to Cardinals 5-1," 21 June 2019 While the meeting was less pomp and circumstance than past meetings on the topic, the council voted 9-6 in favor of limiting buildings to a maximum of three stories in developments. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Buildings on these seven blocks in Wauwatosa will have a three-story height limit," 7 Aug. 2019 The occasion’s typically highlighted with prayers, pomp and celebration called the bar (or bat) mitzvah. Ramona Sentinel, "Ask Mr. Marketing: Today I am a fountain pen," 16 July 2019

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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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