Definitions

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

  • n. A woman's hairstyle formed by sweeping the hair straight up from the forehead into a high, turned-back roll.
  • n. A man's hairstyle with the hair brushed up from the forehead.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman's hairstyle.
  • n. A man's hairstyle of the 1950s.
  • n. A crimson or pink colour.
  • v. To style hair into a pompadour

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A crimson or pink color; also, a style of dress cut low and square in the neck; also, a mode of dressing the hair by drawing it straight back from the forehead over a roll; -- so called after the Marchioness de Pompadour of France. Also much used adjectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A head-dress worn by women about the middle of the eighteenth century; also, a mode of dressing the hair by rolling it off the forehead over a cushion, later in use.

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

  • v. style women's hair in a pompadour
  • n. French noblewoman who was the lover of Louis XV, whose policies she influenced (1721-1764)
  • n. a hair style in which the front hair is swept up from the forehead

Etymologies

After the Marquise de Pompadour.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Pompadour, after Madame de Pompadour (1721–1764), mistress of Louis XV. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The origins of the name pompadour are as difficult to pin down as the color.

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  • The dark closely cropped hair, worn in the so-called pompadour or military style, the pale, saturnine features, the manner and general bearing all loudly proclaimed his Gallic nationality.

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  • Derek, once again, has an enormous pompadour, which is really adorable on him.

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  • NCIS' Michael Weatherly has been growing his hair to the "pompadour" look he sported back in 2003 for a March episode that explores the origins of his Agent DiNozzo.

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  • The Exis got them in the habit of wearing what I suppose you could call a pompadour, and to my mind, that didn’t sit well with their overall look.

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  • She was dressed in a simple gray cotton frock with neat lawn collar and cuffs, and her hair was raised in a lustrous "pompadour," a wide comb traversing it behind and combs at the sides of her head upholding it in front.

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