pompom

1

or pom-pom

[ pom-pom ]
/ ˈpɒmˌpɒm /
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noun

an automatic antiaircraft cannon.

Nearby words

  1. pompholyx,
  2. pompidou,
  3. pompidou, georges jean raymond,
  4. pompier,
  5. pompilid,
  6. pompom girl,
  7. pompon,
  8. pomposity,
  9. pompous,
  10. pompton lakes

Origin of pompom

1
First recorded in 1895–1900; imitative

pompom

2

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

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

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Word Origin and History for pompom

pompom

n.

"ornamental round tuft" (originally on a hat, etc.), 1748, alteration of pompon "ornamental tuft; tuft-like flower head," from French pompon (1725), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old French pompe "pomp."

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