Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Dignified or magnificent display; splendor: the solemn pomp of a military funeral.
  • n. Vain or ostentatious display. See Synonyms at display.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Show of magnificence; parade; display; power.
  • v. To make a pompous display; to conduct.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A procession distinguished by ostentation and splendor; a pageant.
  • n. Show of magnificence; parade; display; power.
  • intransitive v. To make a pompons display; to conduct.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A procession distinguished by splendor or magnificence; a pageant; an ostentatious show or display.
  • n. Display; ostentation; parade; splendor; magnificence.
  • n. = Syn 2. State, ostentation, grandeur, pride, display, show, flourish. See pompous.
  • To exhibit pomp or magnificence; make a pompous display: with indefinite it.
  • n. Short for pompadour.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cheap or pretentious or vain display
  • n. ceremonial elegance and splendor

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French pompe, from Latin pompa, pomp, procession, from Greek pompē, procession, from pempein, to send.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French pompe, from Latin pompa ("pomp"), from Ancient Greek πομπή (pompē, "a sending, a solemn procession, pomp"), from πέμπω (pempō, "I send"). (Wiktionary)

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  • as a verb:

    We passed the cemetery, with my backing group still pomping out 'Le Piccadilly'.
    — Julian Barnes, 1996, 'Gnossienne', in Cross Channel

    July 10, 2008