verb (used with object), plumed, plum·ing.
Origin of plume
Related Words for plumefelicitate, congratulate, swagger, exult, boast, crow, gasconade, preen, pique, brag, prance, presume, strut, swell, vaunt, overbear
Examples from the Web for plume
Contemporary Examples of plume
Borgman has escaped through a tunnel, leaving a plume of smoke in his wake.The Twisted Sadism of ‘Borgman’
June 28, 2014
Reprinted with the permission of Plume, a member of the Penguin Group.Rick Moody: Why I Write
February 1, 2013
As ocean currents head eastward across the Pacific, the plume is expected eventually to hit the West Coast of the United States.
Follow the path as the plume spreads and the ultimate destination becomes clear.
A plume of black smoke rises to the sky as the masked assassins speed away.Who's Killing Iran's Scientists?
November 30, 2010
Historical Examples of plume
We are ashamed to own we are jealous, and yet we plume ourselves in having been and being able to be so.Reflections
Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
She had not a sail aloft nor a plume of smoke in her funnel.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
And you, Hermogenes, on what do you plume yourself most highly?The Symposium
He wears a plume on his head, and does nothing but dance in the sunshine.
In fighting jacket and plume Jeb Stuart came into the light.The Long Roll
Word Origin for plume
late 14c., "a feather" (especially a large and conspicuous one), from Old French plume "soft feather, down; feather bed," and directly from Latin pluma "a feather, down; the first beard," from PIE root *pleus- "to pluck; a feather, fleece" (cf. Old English fleos "fleece"). Meaning "a long streamer of smoke, etc." is first attested 1878.
late 14c., "to pluck, strip," from plume (n.). From mid-15c. as "to adorn with plumes." Meaning "to dress the feathers" is from 1702. Related: Plumed; pluming.