Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Dignified or magnificent display; splendor.
  • noun Vain or ostentatious display.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To exhibit pomp or magnificence; make a pompous display: with indefinite it.
  • noun Short for pompadour.
  • noun A procession distinguished by splendor or magnificence; a pageant; an ostentatious show or display.
  • noun Display; ostentation; parade; splendor; magnificence.
  • noun = Syn 2. State, ostentation, grandeur, pride, display, show, flourish. See pompous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To make a pompons display; to conduct.
  • noun A procession distinguished by ostentation and splendor; a pageant.
  • noun Show of magnificence; parade; display; power.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Show of magnificence; parade; display; power.
  • verb obsolete To make a pompous display; to conduct.

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

  • noun cheap or pretentious or vain display
  • noun ceremonial elegance and splendor

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French pompe, from Latin pompa, pomp, procession, from Greek pompē, procession, from pempein, to send.]

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From Middle English, from Old French pompe, from Latin pompa ("pomp"), from Ancient Greek πομπή (pompē, "a sending, a solemn procession, pomp"), from πέμπω (pempō, "I send").

Examples

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  • as a verb:

    We passed the cemetery, with my backing group still pomping out 'Le Piccadilly'.

    — Julian Barnes, 1996, 'Gnossienne', in Cross Channel

    July 10, 2008