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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Pompadour, Marquise de. Title of Jeanne Antoinette Poisson. 1721-1764. The lover of Louis XV of France. She was blamed for establishing France's alliance with Austria, which led to the Seven Years' War (1756-1763).

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Examples

  • "Enamoured of the Pompadour, is he not – saving your presence, Lady Lavvy!"

    The Black Moth: A Romance of the XVIII Century

  • It was very short, and, with the exception of a few legacies, amounting in all to about twenty thousand pounds, bequeathed all the testator's vast fortune and estates, including his (by far the largest) interest in the great publishing house, and his palace with the paintings and other valuable contents, known as Pompadour

    Mr. Meeson's Will

  • 'It will make about two volumes like little Pompadour, that is about one middling volume.

    Life of Johnson

  • The "Pompadour" was a tight little ship, and well in hand, swift, and drawing but little water, but much caution was required, and the voyage was a long one.

    The King's Warrant A Story of Old and New France

  • "Pompadour" made a splendid run up the St. Lawrence, eluding one

    The King's Warrant A Story of Old and New France

  • It was, however, late in the afternoon, and as there was no hope of their reaching Quebec that evening the "Pompadour" hove to, and was about to anchor for the night, when Duboscq descried an English sloop of war about a couple of miles off, right ahead and standing towards them, and he at once went below to consult with the marquis, who immediately returned with him on deck.

    The King's Warrant A Story of Old and New France

  • That afternoon Jacques Duboscq, who had been captured on his return to the "Pompadour" had been considerately sent on shore by the commander of the English sloop in order that he might inform the Baron de Valricour of the circumstances under which Madame de Valricour and the marquis had been put on shore at Cape Tourment two days before.

    The King's Warrant A Story of Old and New France

  • "The 'Pompadour' cannot escape, but we may yet do so," said he to

    The King's Warrant A Story of Old and New France

  • The district attorney was a short, thick-set, sallow-faced man, with bushy gray hair growing in the absurd "Pompadour" fashion, and a homely drooping mustache.

    Together

  • French culture of the 18th century was embodied by Marie-Antoinette, Madame de Pompadour and Madame Du Barry -- paragons of frivolity that have always fascinated the movie industry, writers and the fashion world.

    Evelyne Politanoff: Marie-Antoinette Meets Vivienne Westwood: The 18th Century Back in Fashion at Versailles

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