- a knob, as on the hilt of a sword.
- the protuberant part at the front and top of a saddle.
- Architecture. a spherical ornament or finial.
- Gymnastics. either of the two curved handles on the top surface of a side horse.
- to beat or strike with or as if with the fists or a pommel.
Origin of pommel
Related Words for pommelknob, pound, handle, pummel, club, cudgel, maul, belabor, strike, thwack, saddlebow, finial
Examples from the Web for pommel
Historical Examples of pommel
No maker's name, but the date 1638 is stamped upon the pommel.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
He threw a leg over the pommel of his saddle and the three men halted in a group.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
De Spain raised his right hand from his thigh to the pommel of his saddle.Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
He had clenched his teeth and clung to the pommel desperately.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
She turned and put her hand on the pommel, and sprang into the saddle.The Mermaid
- the raised part on the front of a saddle
- a knob at the top of a sword or similar weapon
- a less common word for pummel
Word Origin for pommel
mid-13c., "ornamental knob;" c.1300, "knob at the end of a sword hilt," from Old French pomel (12c., Modern French pommeau), "rounded knob," diminutive of pom "hilt of a sword," from Late Latin pomellum, diminutive of Latin pomum "apple" (see Pomona), the connecting notion being "roundness." Sense of "front peak of a saddle" first recorded mid-15c. In Middle English poetry it also sometimes meant a woman's breast. The gymnast's pommel horse is attested from 1908.