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

Definition of pompadour

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 pompadoured (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.

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The Chicana women who wore an early version of the style in the forties—the makeup, the tight sweaters, the zoot suits, the pompadours—were referred to as pachucas. Carmen Maria Machado, Vogue, "A New Generation is Taking on L.A.’s Latinx Beauty Rituals," 13 Feb. 2019 His Spring 2009 collection brought together wide ranging references, from Africa to 1940s pompadours, all served up with a helping of 1970s decadence. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Vogue Runway Did a Ten-Year Fashion Challenge: Check Out the Results Here," 30 Jan. 2019 The cover showed her head topped with an elaborate pompadour, attached to a robotic female torso in disrepair — frayed wires snaked out of arm sockets and beneath a breastplate. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, "How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice," 19 Apr. 2018 Also on the bill that night was Lavell Hardy, a 24-year-old New York hairdresser with a six-inch pompadour. Jeff Maysh, Smithsonian, "The Counterfeit Queen of Soul," 28 June 2018 The Boy himself Big Boy, with his trademark pompadour, red and white overalls and slingshot, is beloved by many. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Five reasons Cincinnati loves Frisch's," 6 June 2018 Greaser’s Ball Friday, June 8, at Crossroads KC Slick pompadours, towering beehives, vintage clothes and colorful tattoos will be proudly displayed at the Greaser’s Ball on Friday. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts June 7-13: Dierks Bentley, David Byrne, Yes, Ledisi, John Butler Trio," 5 June 2018 The crooner was in a bind, with a bum leg and a pompadour in bad need of a trim. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "South Philly's barber to the stars now cuts hair in a changing neighborhood | Mike Newall," 9 May 2018 At the first jury photocall of the festival on Tuesday, wearing a light blue tweed suit, Stewart combined a swoopy '50s-style pompadour with an '80s-style rattail, dividing the two elements with a slickly pulled-back but slightly messy knot. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kristen Stewart Has Been Wearing the Cutest Little Rattail at the Cannes Film Festival," 9 May 2018

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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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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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