[ puhm-uhl, pom- ]
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  1. a knob, as on the hilt of a sword.

  2. the protuberant part at the front and top of a saddle.

  1. Architecture. a spherical ornament or finial.

  2. Gymnastics. either of the two curved handles on the top surface of a side horse.

verb (used with object),pom·meled, pom·mel·ing or (especially British) pom·melled, pom·mel·ling.
  1. to beat or strike with or as if with the fists or a pommel.

Origin of pommel

1300–50; (noun) Middle English pomel<Middle French, derivative of Old French pom hilt of a sword <Latin pōmum fruit; see pome, -elle

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How to use pommel in a sentence

  • The weary lady had no response ready for words of cheer; she leaned heavily over the pommel of her saddle and rode on in silence.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • The dogs were stopped and the deer thrown over the pommel of one of the boys, and we rode on to try the Brunswick swamp.

British Dictionary definitions for pommel


/ (ˈpʌməl, ˈpɒm-) /

  1. the raised part on the front of a saddle

  2. a knob at the top of a sword or similar weapon

verb-mels, -melling or -melled or US -mels, -meling or -meled
  1. a less common word for pummel

Origin of pommel

C14: from Old French pomel knob, from Vulgar Latin pōmellum (unattested) little apple, from Latin pōmum apple

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