having or appearing to have a plume or plumes.

Origin of plumed

First recorded in 1520–30; plume + -ed3
Related formsun·plumed, adjective




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.

verb (used with object), plumed, plum·ing.

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

1350–1400; earlier plome, plume, Middle English plume < Middle French < Latin plūma soft feather (> Old English plūm-, in plūmfether downy feather)
Related formsplume·less, adjectiveplume·like, adjectivere·plume, verb (used with object), re·plumed, re·plum·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.”

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    My Biennale Favorites

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    June 8, 2009

Historical Examples of plumed

  • Her own satin costume and plumed bonnet seemed a trifle theatrical.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • They are plumed with culture, and it has become a charge instead of a credit.

    'Charge It'

    Irving Bacheller

  • 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.

  • He plumed himself on the skill with which he managed to rob his employer.

    The Telegraph Boy

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for plumed



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

verb (tr)

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)
Derived Formsplumeless, adjectiveplumelike, adjective

Word Origin for plume

C14: from Old French, from Latin plūma downy feather
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Word Origin and History for plumed

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

plumed in Science



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.
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