Definition of pompadour
1a : a man's style of hairdressing in which the hair is combed into a high mound in frontb : 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
pompadouredplay \-ˌdȯrd\ adjective
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Recent Examples of pompadour from the Web
One has a cheery upturned mustache, a pompadour and benign red tentacles.
Some are adorned with dazzling gold leaf or an extravagant pompadour of hairy black palm.
The iconography of coach hair styles has been varied: Jimmy Johnson’s silver side part, concretized by gel, at the University of Miami, or Pete Carroll’s happy-dude pompadour, at the University of Southern California.
Xiong sports a pompadour and wears a brown jacket, jeans, and white Crocs, with a money purse slung across one shoulder.
Alicia Keys isn't the only one who can fashion her hair into an upside down braided with a French pompadour.
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Did You Know?
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
First Known Use: 1872See Words from the same year
POMPADOUR Defined for English Language Learners
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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