A lavish military parade is an example of pomp.
- stately or brilliant display; splendor
- ostentatious show or display
- Obs. a pageant
Origin of pompMiddle English from Middle French pompe from Classical Latin pompa from Classical Greek pomp?, solemn procession from pempein, to send
- Dignified or magnificent display; splendor: the solemn pomp of a military funeral.
- Vain or ostentatious display: “his biting attacks on the pomp and luxury of the privileged classes” ( Harvey Cox )
Origin of pompMiddle English from Old French pompe from Latin pompa pomp, procession from Greek pompē procession from pempein to send
(countable and uncountable, plural pomps)
- Show of magnificence; parade; display; power.
- A procession distinguished by ostentation and splendor; a pageant.
(third-person singular simple present pomps, present participle pomping, simple past and past participle pomped)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Middle English, from Old French pompe, from Latin pompa (“pomp"), from Ancient Greek Ï€Î¿Î¼Ï€Î® (pompÄ“, “a sending, a solemn procession, pomp"), from Ï€ÎÎ¼Ï€Ï‰ (pempÅ, “I send").