• WordNet 3.6
    • n pompon dusky grey food fish found from Louisiana and Florida southward
    • n pompon decoration consisting of a ball of tufted wool or silk; usually worn on a hat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pompon a ball-shaped cluster of ribbons or streamers held in the hand and waved by some cheerleaders at team sports contests. See pompom girl. Called also pompom.
    • Pompon A hardy garden chrysanthemum having buttonlike heads of flowers.
    • Pompon (Mil) A tuft or ball of wool, or the like, sometimes worn by soldiers on the front of the hat (such as a shako), instead of a feather.
    • Pompon Any of several dwarf varieties of the Provence rose.
    • Pompon Any trifling ornament for a woman's dress or bonnet.
    • Pompon the globe-shaped flower head characteristic of certain plants such as dahlias and chrysanthemums.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pompon See pumpion.
    • n pompon An ornamental tuft of feathers, silk, etc., for a bonnet or hat; a topknot; specifically (military), a ball of colored wool worn on the front of a shako.
    • n pompon A common name of Anisotremus surinamensis, of the family Hæmulidæ, found from Florida to Brazil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pompon pom′pon a tuft of feathers, &c., for a hat, the coloured woollen ball on the front of a shako.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

In three years he could wear the velvet suit with the cap and pompon.
"Frances Waldeaux" by Rebecca Harding Davis
Processions are forbidden, but the usual costuming with their corps colors as pompons is allowed.
"Long Live the King" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Sleepinbuff and the Bacchanal Queen, having opposite to them Rose-Pompon and Ninny Moulin!
"The Wandering Jew, Complete" by Eugene Sue
Our left has touched them, and as I write this our pompon on that side has a couple of goes.
"With Rimington" by L. March Phillipps
There are many other beautiful pompons, but they bloom too late for practical out-of-door use.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
It is the most conspicuous feature of the military uniform, the plume, the pompon, which marks all kinds of military dress-hats.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
Maline pompons make a very pretty ornament for any hat.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
And I sewed on the last pompon.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
Looka; mine's got black pompons on it.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
Trim with rosettes or pompons made of the same material as the hood.
"Spool Knitting" by Mary A. McCormack
Thus lived and died the splendid Pompone de Bellievre, with no other children than his works.
"The Best Portraits in Engraving" by Charles Sumner
Decorative Dahlias have broad, flat petals, somewhat loosely arranged, and much less formal than those of the show, fancy, or pompone sorts.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
They all wore funny white suits, with little black pompons bobbing all over them.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
Shoes with a pompon adorned his feet, and a rakish cap decorated with white satin ribbons crowned his head.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
The pompon kinds are small flowered, the petals being short.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
There was a pompon head-dress too, one winter, called the Charlotte Ransome.
"The House of Fulfilment" by George Madden Martin
They were coming toward him: the other pierrette with the rose pompons said something as they passed.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
It was trimmed with light brown ribbons and silver-tipped pompons.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
C. Three red pompons.
"Daddy Long-Legs" by Jean Webster
And here's the great spiny thistle, too, that armed highwayman with florid face and pompon in his cap.
"Pastoral Days" by William Hamilton Gibson