pom·​pa·​dour | \ ˈpäm-pə-ˌdȯr How to pronounce pompadour (audio) \

Definition of pompadour

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1a : a man's style of hairdressing in which the hair is combed into a high mound in front
b : a woman's style of hairdressing in which the hair is brushed into a loose full roll around the face
2 : hair dressed in a pompadour


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Pom·​pa·​dour | \ ˈpäm-pə-ˌdȯr How to pronounce Pompadour (audio) , -ˌdu̇r \

Definition of Pompadour (Entry 2 of 2)

Madame de 1721–1764 Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson; mistress of Louis XV

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pompadoured \ ˈpäm-​pə-​ˌdȯrd How to pronounce Pompadour (audio) \ adjective

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The Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of the French King Louis XV, exerted much influence over French tastes in the mid-18th century. The Marquise continues to exert linguistic influence on English, and not only through the hairdos styled after her. Pompadour is also used (though now rarely) for a pink or crimson fabric and for a textile design of small printed or woven floral effects. It's also the name of a small South American bird that is bright reddish-purple with white wings.

Examples of pompadour in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a banking hub full of office workers, Mr. Kwok, who died last month at 68, was a rare figure: a full-time busker with a rockabilly pompadour. New York Times, "Melvis Kwok, Tireless Elvis Impersonator in Hong Kong, Dies at 68," 15 Jan. 2021 About the merch: Bobbleheads of the pompadour-wearing 'Big Boy' are for sale, as are cardboard pompadours. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Big Boy: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 27 Apr. 2019 Throughout the virtual experience, the actress and comedian shifted her tresses into various dos, including a halo braid, high ponytail, top knot and even a pompadour. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "All The Natural Hairstyles From the 2020 BET Awards," 29 June 2020 Seales wore several hair looks during the show including a pompadour for the opening monologue, an Afro and a simple high ponytail accentuated by a gorgeous gold hairpiece. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Amanda Seales' Pre-Show Halo Braid Was The Beauty Highlight Of The BET Awards," 29 June 2020 The Finnish professor—also in his sixties—came spinning in from the sidelines, hair shocked upwards in an Elvis-style pompadour, and pranced around Susan’s undulating body. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Down the Rabbit Hole: A Psychedelic Reading List," 29 Apr. 2011 About a dozen workers, all young and in masks that didn’t take away from their shimmering pompadours, ponytails and fades, packed boxes or worked at computers. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "This Orange County company has gone from making hair look cool to fighting coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 The unusual bird had a pompadour of feathers growing vertically from the top of its head. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tale of a pompadoured tom emerges from Wisconsin turkey fields," 16 May 2020 But as a fantasy of the type of guy a woman should never fall for in real life, Douglas’s Midge Kelly is perfect: His wiry build and swooping pompadour are part of his hardscrabble virility. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Remembering Kirk Douglas, One of the Last Surviving Links to Old Hollywood," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of pompadour


1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for pompadour


Marquise de Pompadour

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“Pompadour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pompadour. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pompadour

chiefly US : a hairstyle worn especially by men in which the hair is combed into a high mound at the front of the head

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