Definitions

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

  • n. A tuft or ball of material such as wool or ribbon, used as a decoration, especially on shoes, caps, or curtains.
  • n. A small buttonlike flower of some chrysanthemums and dahlias.
  • n. A ball of fluffy material, such as feathers or strips of colored paper, that is waved by cheerleaders and sports fans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bundle of yarn, string, ribbon, etc. tied in the middle and left loose at the ends, so as to form a puff or ball, as for decoration or a showy prop for cheerleading.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any trifling ornament for a woman's dress or bonnet.
  • n. A tuft or ball of wool, or the like, sometimes worn by soldiers on the front of the hat (such as a shako), instead of a feather.
  • n.
  • n. A hardy garden chrysanthemum having buttonlike heads of flowers.
  • n. Any of several dwarf varieties of the Provence rose.
  • n. the globe-shaped flower head characteristic of certain plants such as dahlias and chrysanthemums.
  • n. a ball-shaped cluster of ribbons or streamers held in the hand and waved by some cheerleaders at team sports contests. See pompom girl. Called also pompom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See pumpion.
  • n. An ornamental tuft of feathers, silk, etc., for a bonnet or hat; a topknot; specifically (military), a ball of colored wool worn on the front of a shako.
  • n. A common name of Anisotremus surinamensis, of the family Hæmulidæ, found from Florida to Brazil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dusky grey food fish found from Louisiana and Florida southward
  • n. decoration consisting of a ball of tufted wool or silk; usually worn on a hat

Etymologies

French.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The English word "" pumpkin '' may derive from the French word pompon, which in turn may derive from the Greek pepon.

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  • _ at the very bottom of the wall lay a little woollen pompon or tassel, just the kind of pompon that gives a finish to a pierrot's shoes.

    The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol

  • I topped it off the look with a close-fitting black velvet cocktail hat that ended with a pompon of shiny blue-black cock feathers at my right temple.

    Dancing with Werewolves

  • In 1990, Lawrence Herkimer, inventor of a type of pompon, said, "If times get bad, a father would sell the boat before he would tell his daughter she can't have pompons and her cheerleader sweater."

    Many Have Claimed

  • I suppose a pompon may have hit him in the head, too.

    Think Progress » 508:

  • I feel pretty good about teaching the chants and cheers, it's creating a pompon routine that's terrifying me.

    Eek!

  • She wore a gown of pale saffron trimmed with three bouquets of pompon roses mixed with green.

    Madame Bovary

  • The three sailors had motored from the northwest corner of the state to Clay, and at a huge rally in the university auditorium, with no mention of Grant's football prowess, and certainly no pompon girls, the three men stepped forward to relate their experiences during the Battle for Leyte Gulf.

    Space

  • Similar feathers also grow at the lower extremity of the torso in front, and there is another, quite large bunch just above the buttocks -- a gorgeous tail which they open into a huge pompon when they wish to show off.

    Pirates of Venus

  • His trousers, patched like his coat, drooped over a pair of scarlet charouhias, leather shoes with upturned toes decorated with a large black-and-white pompon.

    My Family and Other Animals

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