pompom

1

or pom-pom

[ pom-pom ]
/ ˈpɒmˌpɒm /

noun

an automatic antiaircraft cannon.

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Origin of pompom

1
First recorded in 1895–1900; imitative

Definition for pompom (2 of 2)

pompom2

or pom-pom

[ pom-pom ]
/ ˈpɒmˌpɒm /

noun

Also pompon. an ornamental tuft or ball of feathers, wool, or the like, used on hats, slippers, etc.

Origin of pompom

2
1740–50; variant of pompon, with assimilation of final n
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British Dictionary definitions for pompom (1 of 2)

pompom

pompon

/ (ˈpɒmpɒm) /

noun

a ball of tufted silk, wool, feathers, etc, worn on a hat for decoration
  1. the small globelike flower head of certain cultivated varieties of dahlia and chrysanthemum
  2. (as modifier)pompom dahlia

Word Origin for pompom

C18: from French, from Old French pompe knot of ribbons, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for pompom (2 of 2)

pom-pom
/ (ˈpɒmpɒm) /

noun

an automatic rapid-firing, small-calibre cannon, esp a type of anti-aircraft cannon used in World War IIAlso called: pompom

Word Origin for pom-pom

C19: of imitative origin
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