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

Definition of pompadour

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

Other Words from pompadour

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 Her burnished chestnut hair was piled atop her head in the intricate pompadour of a Gibson Girl, adding several inches to her 5-foot-10 stature. April White, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 This pompadour style for the 2010 Grammys was simply groundbreaking. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2022 An elegant pompadour updo worn with a soft-focus glow punctuated by roseate smoky eyes, fluttery falsies, and a bright cherry red lip. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 28 Mar. 2022 No one looks like him, with his thick pompadour, sensuous, downturned lips and doleful eyes. David Marchesephoto Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022 Sheinelle Jones did a separate halftime show brushing her hair back and opting for a pompadour fade to resemble Bruno Mars during his 2014 halftime show performance. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021 When Steven Van Zandt played Tony’s consigliere, Silvio Dante, on the original series, the costume department fitted him with a towering, shiny pompadour. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 5 Oct. 2021 As a teenager in Plainview, Long Island, in the late 1950s, George M. Sherman cut a dashing figure with his pompadour. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 Shoes gleamed, teeth glinted, each ponytail and pompadour shone. New York Times, 7 July 2021 See More

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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 25 Jun. 2022.

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Pompadour biographical name

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

Definition of Pompadour

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


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