Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See pumpion.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A common name of Anisotremus surinamensis, of the family Hæmulidæ, found from Florida to Brazil.

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

  • noun Any trifling ornament for a woman's dress or bonnet.
  • noun (Mil.) 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.
  • noun A hardy garden chrysanthemum having buttonlike heads of flowers.
  • noun Any of several dwarf varieties of the Provence rose.
  • noun the globe-shaped flower head characteristic of certain plants such as dahlias and chrysanthemums.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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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

  • 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

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

    Eek!

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

    Archive 2006-11-01

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

    Think Progress » 508:

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

    Madame Bovary

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