Origin of plumed
- a feather.
- a large, long, or conspicuous feather: the brilliant plume of a peacock.
- a soft, fluffy feather: the plume of an egret.
- any plumose part or formation.
- a feather, a tuft of feathers, or some substitute, worn as an ornament, as on a hat, helmet, etc.
- a feather or featherlike token of honor or distinction, especially one worn on a helmet.
- a vertically or longitudinally moving, rising, or expanding fluid body, as of smoke or water.
- a visible pattern of smoke resulting from emissions from a stack, flue, or chimney.
- Also called mantle plume. Geology. a deep-seated upwelling of magma within the earth's mantle.Compare diapir.
- to furnish, cover, or adorn with plumes or feathers.
- (of a bird) to preen (itself or its feathers).
- to feel complacent satisfaction with (oneself); pride (oneself) (often followed by on or upon): She sat before the mirror, pluming herself upon her beauty.
Origin of plume
Related Words for plumedfelicitate, congratulate, swagger, exult, boast, crow, gasconade, preen, pique, brag, prance, presume, strut, swell, vaunt, overbear
Examples from the Web for plumed
Contemporary Examples of plumed
Two plumed carabineri stood guard as Yoko Ono received a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement and gave a speech ending “Peace.”My Biennale Favorites
June 8, 2009
Historical Examples of plumed
Her own satin costume and plumed bonnet seemed a trifle theatrical.The Gorgeous Girl
They are plumed with culture, and it has become a charge instead of a credit.'Charge It'
The young Ferdinand plumed himself and spread himself for her vision.Aunt Rachel
David Christie Murray
The plumed arrow is frequently referred to in the songs of this rite.The Mountain Chant, A Navajo Ceremony
He plumed himself on the skill with which he managed to rob his employer.The Telegraph Boy
Horatio Alger, Jr.
- a feather, esp one that is large or ornamental
- a feather or cluster of feathers worn esp formerly as a badge or ornament in a headband, hat, etc
- biology any feathery part, such as the structure on certain fruits and seeds that aids dispersal by wind
- something that resembles a plumea plume of smoke
- a token or decoration of honour; prize
- geology a rising column of hot, low viscosity material within the earth's mantle, which is believed to be responsible for linear oceanic island chains and flood basaltsAlso called: mantle plume
- to adorn or decorate with feathers or plumes
- (of a bird) to clean or preen (itself or its feathers)
- (foll by on or upon) to pride or congratulate (oneself)
Word Origin for plume
"adorned with plumes," 1520s, past participle adjective from plume (v.).
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.
- A feather, especially a large one.
- A body of magma that rises from the Earth's mantle into the crust.♦ If a plume rises to the Earth's surface, it erupts as lava. ♦ If it remains below the Earth's surface, it eventually solidifies into a body of rock known as a pluton.
- An area in air, water, soil, or rock containing pollutants released from a single source. A plume often spreads in the environment due to the action of wind, currents, or gravity.