pom·​pon ˈpäm-ˌpän How to pronounce pompon (audio)
: a chrysanthemum or dahlia with small rounded flower heads

Examples of pompon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group is figuring out how to fold in step and pom, where dancers wave pompons while synchronizing their moves. Maria Cramer, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2024 After fringe is in place, add 27 orange and 28 pink pompons. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Dec. 2023 Its abundant wealth of tiny pink pompon sprays gets elevated from its usual 2- to 3-foot height to eye level. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 Some of the showiest summer blooms fade away when fall arrives, including pompon dahlias, Shasta daisies, African daisies, zinnias, coreopsis, and calendulas. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2023 Pink ‘Red Rocks’ beardtongue and fragrant blue sage (Salvia clevelandii) add softness to the garden, while islands of white pompons of ‘Alba’ sea thrift dot the pathways; the couple love how the plants seed themselves, with new growth popping up in unexpected places. Melissa Ozawa, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2023 Chrysanthemums come in a variety of colors and petal shapes, including button mums (which are popular in fall gardens), anemone, quilled, spider, spoon, and pompon. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Aug. 2020 The Canadian label’s baby alpaca Ribbed Hat comes complete with an oversized fur pompon, and proceeds of all sales go to the Sick Kids Foundation, helping pediatric patients worldwide. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, 2 Dec. 2019 The shrubby butterfly weed flowers in a vibrant orange, gardener-favorite swamp milkweed blooms tall in pink and purple, while the common milkweed explodes with pale pink pompons the size of softballs. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 July 2018

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Word History


French, from Middle French pompe tuft of ribbons

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pompon was in 1751

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“Pompon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pompon. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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