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

Pignolet takes quotidian aspects of women’s lives — cosmetics, tampons, the crude catcalls that men toss at women on the street — and renders them in Mediterranean-style ceramics, including tiles and vases. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: Stark domestic scenes by German painter Lenz Geerk," 13 Sep. 2019 Each package will contain a cloth grocery bag full of essential items and toiletries: toothpaste and toothbrushes, ibuprofen, reading glasses, rubbing alcohol, work gloves, shampoo, baby formula and tampons. Laura Kinsler, orlandosentinel.com, "As Hurricane Dorian moves off Bahamas, Central Florida mobilizes relief effort for devastated islands," 3 Sep. 2019 Illinois lawmakers eliminated the state sales tax on tampons and menstrual pads, starting in 2017. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "A new initiative is trying to make searching for tampons easier for Highland Park women. It’s part of a national movement.," 12 Sep. 2019 In some parts of Asia, for example, tampons are still a cultural taboo and can be difficult to find. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Why Does It Seem Like I Always Get My Period While Traveling?," 8 Apr. 2019 And the benefits of those little silicone cups go beyond their eco-friendliness: menstrual cups are just as safe and effective as pads and tampons. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Research Shows That Menstrual Cups Can Cause Toxic Shock Syndrome—Here’s How to Prevent That," 17 July 2019 Another offers tips about how to teach your daughter to use a tampon. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland.com, "What is content marketing? Here are five great examples," 27 Aug. 2019 Women’s shoes, bras, razors, tampons and exclusive private clubs are stamped with the language of empowerment. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The New Spiritual Consumerism," 19 Aug. 2019 Buying behaviour Going by the sales data, Flipkart identified that tier 1 towns and metros are leading the demand for tampons and menstrual cups. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Online shopping is redefining how small-town Indian women deal with their periods," 30 June 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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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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