\ˈpämp \

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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When your family is small and mostly local, the pomp and pageantry of a big Thanksgiving dinner can feel a little silly. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 In The Favourite, the pomp and perversity of Queen Anne’s fictionalized court registers through a historic typeface manipulated in surprising ways. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sorry to Bother You," 12 Nov. 2018 Details from Trump's interview with the paper became public as Trump was attending a black-tie dinner with May to welcome him to Britain with pomp and pageantry. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, Fox News, "Trump brings his chaotic road show to Britain," 13 July 2018 That morphed into this two-day ‘‘working visit’’ with much less pomp and circumstance amid concern about security and crowds in central London. Danica Kirka, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Trump Baby’ balloon takes flight amid protests in London," 13 July 2018 Across the pond, the royal family is seen as a massive soap opera, replete with love and loss, pomp and circumstance and British accents (Americans love those too). Stephanie Elam, CNN, "Why Americans are obsessed with the British royal family," 29 Mar. 2018 Here, the German automaker will deliver your new car to you on a glass elevator with plenty of pomp in the BMW Welt, an architecturally beautiful exhibition center that's part showroom, part science fair exhibit meant to show off BMW's newer models. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get a (Mostly) Free European Road Trip When You Buy a Car," 24 Sep. 2018 The pomp and circumstance looked geared toward showing off the major improvement in relations between the communist neighbors, along with China’s important role in keeping North Korea on track. Christopher Bodeen, BostonGlobe.com, "Kim leaves China as S. Korea urges ‘concrete’ plan on nukes," 20 June 2018 The towering columns, heavy wood trim and functional brass accents call back to a time when pomp and circumstance mattered, even in the mundane conduct of public business. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: McAdoo’s Seafood rides a strong wave in New Braunfels," 10 May 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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