pompadour

noun pom·pa·dour \ ˈpäm-pə-ˌdȯr \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of pompadour

1 a : 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

pompadoured

play \ˈpäm-pə-ˌdȯrd\ 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.

Origin and Etymology of pompadour

Marquise de Pompadour


Pompadour

biographical name Pom·pa·dour \ ˈpäm-pə-ˌdȯr , -ˌdu̇r \

Definition of Pompadour

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

POMPADOUR Defined for English Language Learners

pompadour

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Definition of pompadour for English Language Learners

  • : 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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