Pomp | Definition of Pomp by Merriam-Webster


\ ˈpämp How to pronounce pomp (audio) \

Definition of pomp

1 : a show of magnificence : splendor every day begins … in a pomp of flaming colours— F. D. Ommanney
2 : a ceremonial or festival display (such as a train of followers or a pageant)
3a : ostentatious display : vainglory
b : an ostentatious gesture or act

Examples of pomp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, much of the usual pomp is toned down this year. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, 6 Aug. 2021 The Soviet pomp in departure did nothing, of course, to prevent a grinding civil war in the wake of withdrawal, or soul searching at home about the war. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Everybody is seen to benefit, and the financial interests of the not-for-profit IOC are hidden behind national flags, pomp and ceremony, and heart-tugging stories about athletes winning gold and beating the pandemic. Stephen Wade, ajc, 7 Aug. 2021 She was moved by the pomp and circumstance of the day, the flags waving, Harris and Biden walking up the steps before the ceremony. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Jan. 2021 Last year, amid much pomp and ceremony, China held the 2008 Olympics. CNN, 8 Aug. 2021 And against that backdrop, instead of a flexing of American might or a tidal wave of pomp, the world saw two stateswomen heading to breakfast. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 But gone was the grand entrance using Air Force Once as a backdrop, and the pomp that surrounds any sitting president. Jill Colvin, ajc, 27 June 2021 The hope is that the new season will open with the traditional pomp of the VIP event, one of the most anticipated on the European cultural calendar. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of pomp

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pomp

Middle English, from Anglo-French pompe, from Latin pompa procession, pomp, from Greek pompē act of sending, escort, procession, pomp, from pempein to send

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“Pomp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomp. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pomp

: the impressive decorations, music, clothing etc., that are part of some formal events


\ ˈpämp How to pronounce pomp (audio) \

Kids Definition of pomp

: a show of wealth and splendor

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