Definition of pompadour in English:


Line breaks: pom¦pa|dour
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒmpədɔː
, -dʊə/


  • 1A woman’s hairstyle in which the hair is turned back off the forehead in a roll: she combed her hair into a high, curly pompadour
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    • Over a table hung a sign saying ‘U.S.O. Welcomes Our Servicemen,’ and a young woman with her hair neatly rolled in a high pompadour offered coffee and powdered doughnuts to servicemen passing by.
    • If local women venture onto the dusty streets at all, they sport ankle-length dresses, buttoned-up blouses and 1930s hairstyles with buns and pompadours.
    • After learning about the potential for using hairdos as drug caches, who will ever watch film clips of the Andrews Sisters, with their shellacked pompadours, the same way again?
  • 1.1North American A man’s hairstyle in which the hair is combed back from the forehead without a parting: the matching pompadours of father and son
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    • His hair is dyed black, and is styled in a pompadour, and he wears mutton-chop sideburns.
    • From the Iron Cross t-shirts and the leather jackets to the greasy pompadours and rampant alcoholism, this is a high-octane outfit that would scare your mom and dad into thinking Eminem is a ‘nice boy?’
    • Whether it's the sex appeal of Lili Sweet, the wild hillbilly antics of Bloodshot Bill, the Brains' ghoulish makeup or the Gutter Demons' Meteor-esque Mohawk pompadours, Montreal psychobilly bands mean business in the looks department.


[with object] (usually as adjective pompadoured) North American Back to top  
  • Arrange (hair) in a pompadour: his powder-blue drape and pompadoured hair
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    • I saw a concert in Santa Barbara in 2002 and it was just an ocean of black pompadoured hair.
    • Just as the Hells Angels evolved from wild-at-heart pompadoured post-WWII flyboys, Lemmy's long hair 'n' leather aesthetic is an extension of the '50s greaser ethos, taken to its logical extreme.
    • He pompadoured his foretop rather short and tied a full eagle tail on top of his head as a single ornament.


late 19th century: named after Madame de Pompadour (see Pompadour, Marquise de).

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