Definition of pommel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒm(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌm(ə)l/


1A rounded knob on the end of the handle of a sword, dagger, or old-fashioned gun.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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 (pommels, pommelling, pommelled; US pommels, pommeling, pommeled)

another term for pummel.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Middle English (denoting a finial at the top of a tower): from Old French pomel, from a diminutive of Latin pomum 'fruit, apple'.

Words that rhyme with pommel

Brummell, pummel

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Line breaks: pom¦mel

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