Definition of pomposo in English:

pomposo

adverb

  • As a musical direction: in a stately or ceremonious manner.

noun

  • 1An affected or self-important person.

  • 2Music. A movement, musical passage, etc., to be played in a stately or ceremonious manner; a piece of music marked pomposo.

adjective

  • 1Music. Of a piece, passage, etc.: played pomposo; stately, dignified.

  • 2Generally. Affected, pompous.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Busby (1754–1838), composer and author. From Italian pomposo (adjective) ostentatious, ceremonious, with splendour, (of a piece of music) to be played in a stately or ceremonious manner, (noun) proud or self-important person, (adverb) in a stately or ceremonious manner from post-classical Latin pomposus.

Pronunciation

pomposo

/pɒmˈpəʊzəʊ//pɒmˈpəʊsəʊ/