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 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.

Examples of pompadour in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 But girls had always focussed on Micah, thanks to his good-looking rockabilly style, which went with his pompadour and his moves. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, "Wide Spot," 16 Sep. 2019 Steven, 48, sits me down in a chair and catches me up on the latest hairstyles for Asian men — pompadours and comb-overs with fades. Los Angeles Times, "Asian hair, and what we talk about in L.A. barbershops," 21 Oct. 2019 His pompadour-meets-ponytail was fastened with a Thom Browne signature: a red, white, and blue ribbon. Vogue, "Thom Browne and FarFetch Host a Fantastical Seersucker Picnic at NeueHouse," 23 Aug. 2019 That slightly theatrical clipped diction perfectly complemented the narrow, disbelieving eyes and that matinee-idol pompadour. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Documentary ‘Mike Wallace Is Here’ is a slam-bang look at a slam-bang interviewer," 31 July 2019 With a towering pompadour and far-out sunglasses, Esquerita (born Eskew Reeder Jr.) resembled a rock’n’roll Liberace with his wild take on New Orleans boogie. Tim Sommer, Billboard, "8 Queer Music Milestones You Might Not Know About," 13 Aug. 2019 Gardoki, who wears her graying hair in a pompadour and favors suspenders, met Torres five years ago and fell for her immediately. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "A queer bar in Mexico City resists attacks with love," 2 July 2019

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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 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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