: a show of magnificence : splendor
every day begins … in a pomp of flaming coloursF. D. Ommanney
: a ceremonial or festival display (such as a train of followers or a pageant)
: ostentatious display : vainglory
: an ostentatious gesture or act

Examples of pomp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Full of symbolism, sure, but generally symbolism of the traditional, establishment kind: symbols of state, of office, of pomp and lineage. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 15 May 2024 While the public witnessed the pomp of his inauguration, behind the scenes, Fetterman grappled with the weight of depression and the lingering effects of a stroke. John Fetterman, TIME, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pomp 

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French pompe, from Latin pompa procession, pomp, from Greek pompē act of sending, escort, procession, pomp, from pempein to send

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pomp was in the 14th century

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“Pomp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomp. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a show of magnificence : splendor
the pomp of a royal ceremony
: showy display

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