[pom-puh-dawr, -dohr, -doo r]


an arrangement of a man's hair in which it is brushed up high from the forehead.
an arrangement of a woman's hair in which it is raised over the forehead in a roll, sometimes over a pad.
a pink or crimson color.
  1. any fabric, as cotton or silk, having a design of small pink, blue, and sometimes gold flowers or bouquets on a white background.
  2. a fabric of the color pompadour, used for garments.

Origin of pompadour

First recorded in 1745–55; named after the Marquise de Pompadour


[pom-puh-dawr, -dohr, -doo r; French pawn-pa-door]


Marquise deJeanne Antoinette Poisson Le Normant d'Étioles, 1721–64, mistress of Louis XV of France.
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Related Words for pompadour

hairdo, hairstyle, bob, trimming, shingling

Examples from the Web for pompadour

Contemporary Examples of pompadour

  • Cash teased his hair into a pompadour, swiveled his hips, amped up his drawl, and belted out a tune worthy of a quarter million.

Historical Examples of pompadour

British Dictionary definitions for pompadour



an early 18th-century hairstyle for women, having the front hair arranged over a pad to give it greater height and bulk

Word Origin for pompadour

C18: named after the Marquise de Pompadour, who originated it



Marquise de, title of Jeanne Antoinette Poisson. 1721–64, mistress of Louis XV of France (1745–64), whom she greatly influenced
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Word Origin and History for pompadour

1887 as a men's hairstyle; 1899 as a woman's style with the hair swept up over the forehead, in recognition of Jeanne-Antionette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour (1721-1764), mistress of Louis XV from 1745-50, who wore her hair in an upswept style. Used in her lifetime in reference to various fashions, accessories, colors, furniture, etc. The estate of Pompadour is in the Limousin region.

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