• 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