- the knob on the end of the hilt of some swords and daggers
- the rounded, upward-projecting front part of a saddle
Origin of pommelMiddle English pomel from Old French diminutive of pome, apple: see pome
transitive verb-·meled or -·melled, -·mel·ing or -·mel·ling
transitive verbpom·meled, pom·mel·ing, pom·mels, also pom·melled pom·mel·ling
- The upper front part of a saddle; a saddlebow.
- Either of the two rounded handles on top of a pommel horse.
- A knob on the hilt of a sword or similar weapon.
Origin of pommelFrom Middle English pomel a pommel from Old French diminutive of pom ball, fruit from Latin pōmum fruit
(third-person singular simple present pommels, present participle pommelling or pommeling, simple past and past participle pommelled or pommeled)
From Middle English pomel, from Middle French, presumedly via Vulgar Latin pomellum (“ball, knob"), the diminutive of Late Latin pomum (“apple")