tam·​pon | \ ˈtam-ˌpän How to pronounce tampon (audio) \

Definition of tampon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a wad of absorbent material (as of cotton) introduced into a body cavity or canal usually to absorb secretions (as from menstruation) or to arrest hemorrhaging


tamponed; tamponing; tampons

Definition of tampon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place or insert a tampon into

Examples of tampon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The harsh reality remains that most startups will fail, and in order to have a chance against the global force that is Tampax, these new companies will have to diversify their products away from just the mighty tampon. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, "Making Periods Green To Topple Tampax," 10 Aug. 2020 An investigation into an allegation that a tampon was put in a police officer's Starbucks drink in the Los Angeles area concluded that the item was possibly a cleaning cloth and that no malicious intent by the worker was found. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Probe into officer's allegedly tampered Starbucks drink finds no malicious intent by worker," 29 July 2020 Beyond that, however, there are some key differences that put these tampon alternatives in a class all their own. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "5 Tampon Alternatives You Need to Know About," 6 July 2020 Enough of tampon ads featuring crisp white tennis shorts and mysterious blue liquid. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "I Asked Amy Schumer About Her Period for 9 Glorious Minutes," 9 July 2020 Beyond food resources, there are tables lined with deodorant, soaps, lotion, pads, tampons and razors where volunteers assemble hygiene kits for distribution. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'Every human deserves to eat': Grassroots food pantry fights hunger amid the coronavirus," 27 May 2020 My brain involuntarily matched it to bloody tampon. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The U.S. Is Spending Millions of Dollars Rearing Flesh-Eating Worms," 26 May 2020 Beyond that, there are dozens of ongoing clinical trials for conditions ranging from schizophrenia to Crohn’s disease to graft-versus-host disease—not to mention the appearance of CBD in consumer products ranging from oils to coffee to tampons. Amber Dance, Scientific American, "As CBD Skyrockets in Popularity, Scientists Scramble to Understand How It’s Metabolized," 14 Nov. 2019 American women are 38% more likely to live in poverty than men — and most states do not exempt pads, tampons and menstrual cups from sales tax, leaving women across the country without access to essential products. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, ""Nothing should stand in the way of a girl and her education": Sophia Bush is fighting to end period poverty in the U.S.," 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tampon


1848, in the meaning defined above


1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tampon


French, literally, plug, from Middle French — more at tamp

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The first known use of tampon was in 1848

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“Tampon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tampon. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tampon

: a piece of soft material (such as cotton) that is placed in the vagina to absorb the blood that occurs during menstruation


tam·​pon | \ ˈtam-ˌpän How to pronounce tampon (audio) \

Medical Definition of tampon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a wad of absorbent material (as cotton) introduced into a body cavity or canal usually to absorb secretions (as from menstruation) or to arrest hemorrhaging

Medical Definition of tampon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place or insert a tampon into

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