Definition of pommel in English:

pommel

Syllabification: pom·mel

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈpäməl, ˈpəməl
 
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1A rounded knob on the end of the handle of a sword, dagger, or old-fashioned gun.
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  • This done he attached a crossguard, handle and pommel of a simple sword.
  • This year's excavation returned to the metalworking area outside the mound's ditch and uncovered a wealth of finds including a sword pommel and ingot mould.
  • These early swords usually had pommels and crossguards made up of layers of organic material such as wood, bone or horn; which were often sandwiched, embellished with, or even completely covered by, bronze, gold and silver.
2The upward curving or projecting part of a saddle in front of the rider.
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  • He could see long, curving horns attached where the pommel would be on a normal saddle, and the rider carried a shield and a long stave, and had a sword sheathed at her hip.
  • As he reached the ground his pony started to run and was dragging the body which was evidently attached by a lariat to the pommel of his saddle.
  • Their riot helmets rest quietly on the pommels of their saddles, but the body language of the officers is hostile.

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈpəməl, ˈpäməl
 
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(pommels, pommeling, pommeled ; Britishpommels, pommelling, pommelled) Back to top  
another term for pummel.
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  • Xavier smiled encouragingly at her, and Zeya looked ready to pommel anyone who touched her.
  • Coming away from one song, during a moment of relative quiet, John simply pommeled the keyboard with a wrist or an elbow, as if to demonstrate that the tones we were hearing were genuine and uncontrived.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a ball or finial at the top point of a tower, corner of an altar, etc.): from Old French pomel, from a diminutive of Latin pomum 'fruit, apple'.

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