[ pomp ]
/ pɒmp /


stately or splendid display; splendor; magnificence.
ostentatious or vain display, especially of dignity or importance.
pomps, pompous displays, actions, or things: The official was accompanied by all the pomps of his high position.
Archaic. a stately or splendid procession; pageant.

Nearby words

  1. pomology,
  2. pomona,
  3. pomona glass,
  4. pomorze,
  5. pomosexual,
  6. pompadour,
  7. pompano,
  8. pompano beach,
  9. pompe's disease,
  10. pompeia

Origin of pomp

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin pompa display, parade, procession < Greek pompḗ orig., a sending, akin to pémpein to send

Related formspomp·less, adjective

Synonym study

1. See show.

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British Dictionary definitions for pomp


/ (pɒmp) /


stately or magnificent display; ceremonial splendour
vain display, esp of dignity or importance
obsolete a procession or pageant

Word Origin for pomp

C14: from Old French pompe, from Latin pompa procession, from Greek pompē; related to Greek pompein to send

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Word Origin and History for pomp



c.1300, from Old French pompe "pomp, magnificence" (13c.) and directly from Latin pompa "procession, pomp," from Greek pompe "solemn procession, display," literally "a sending," from pempein "to send." In Church Latin, used in deprecatory sense for "worldly display, vain show."

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Medicine definitions for pomp


[ pē′ō-ĕm-pē ]


A drug used in cancer chemotherapy and composed of purinethol (6-mercaptopurine), Oncovin (vincristine sulfate), methotrexate, and prednisone.

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