Definition of pompadour in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒmpədɔː/
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒmpədʊə/


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
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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