Definition of pomp in US English:

pomp

noun

  • 1Ceremony and splendid display, especially at a public event.

    ‘St. Paul's was perfectly adapted to pomp and circumstance’
    • ‘The festival runs from early July to late August and is rich in medieval pomp and ceremony as well as classical music and theatre.’
    • ‘The crowd went on its way all smiling and you wondered whether there could be pomp and ceremony, any kind of public celebration without a brass band.’
    • ‘In a documentary to be shown on BBC 2 tonight, he will reveal his distaste for pomp and ceremony in the Anglican Church.’
    • ‘We can have as much pomp and circumstance as we like, but it's not going to turn our Parliament into something it's not.’
    • ‘The pomp and ceremony of Prince Felipe's wedding, two months after the attacks, allowed Madrid to indulge itself again.’
    • ‘The event took place with a flourish of military pomp and ceremony, and army officers wore black armbands in memory of the Queen Mother.’
    • ‘Opening with pomp and ceremony, China brought 100 of its companies to New York City.’
    • ‘To appease the citizens, a ‘building safeguard programme’ was announced with pomp and ceremony.’
    • ‘The celebration was a grand display of pomp and circumstance led by the students of the school.’
    • ‘The magnificent pomp and ceremony of Royal occasions remains a rich symbol of Britain's great history.’
    • ‘There was no special pomp and ceremony to mark the occasion.’
    • ‘Why devote so much pomp and ceremony to someone who lived such a long and full life and died peacefully?’
    • ‘A group of locals are carefully preserving unique traditions throughout the year - traditions which are more than just pomp and ceremony.’
    • ‘In 1840 his body is exhumed and with pomp and ceremony moved to Paris.’
    • ‘Break open the Pimms and get ready for five days of tradition, pomp and ceremony - and loads of rowing action.’
    • ‘The very first episode shows a Europe immersed in the grandeur of pomp and circumstance.’
    • ‘Thanks to famous Indian secularism, this Buddhist tradition, in all its ceremonial pomp, continues to this day.’
    • ‘They all went home and prepared for the grand parade for the Governor - who did arrive to great pomp and ceremony.’
    • ‘It was an incredible ceremony - steeped in all the tradition, pomp and ceremony one has come to expect of Oxford, and this was at its best.’
    • ‘These scenes were not unlike those described in the film, only the pomp and circumstance was held at home and on the front simultaneously.’
    ceremony, ceremoniousness, ceremonial, solemnity, ritual, display, spectacle, pageantry, pageant
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    1. 1.1pompsarchaic Ostentatious boastfulness or vanity.
      ‘the pomps and vanities of this world’
      • ‘The sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart ‘really despised the world and all its exams and works and pomps.’’
      • ‘All the hideous excrescences that have overgrown our modern life, the pomps and conventions and dreary solemnities, dread nothing so much as the flash of laughter which, like lightning, shrivels them up and leaves the bones bare.’
      • ‘In a sense the tricolour had been colonised by a small grouping bringing murder and mayhem in their wake and such was the antipathy of the general population to the Provos and all their pomps that the national flag was almost sidelined.’
      • ‘It is time to call its bluff and close down the entire trough by abolishing the Arts Council and all its works and pomps.’
      • ‘There is, of course, no factual connection between the two - if anything, the zealot opposes him and all his works and pomps.’
      ostentation, ostentatiousness, showiness, show, extravagance, ornateness, flamboyance, lavishness, resplendence, splendour, splendidness
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French pompe, via Latin from Greek pompē ‘procession, pomp’, from pempein ‘send’.

Pronunciation

pomp

/pɑmp//pämp/