in sense 1 ¦pämpē¦ā,
in sense 2 (ˈ)päm¦pi(ə)r or like sense 1
: tritely or insipidly academic
pompier art
: marked by pretentious and stereotypical themes or treatment
a pompier stage setting
[French, fireman] : of or relating to the personal equipment of a fire-fighting crew
pompier hatchet

Word History


French, from pompier pump maker, fireman, from pompe pump (from Italian pompa, perhaps from Spanish bomba) + -ier -er; from the alleged resemblance of armed heroes in academic mythological paintings to firemen

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“Pompier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pompier. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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