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  • Hyphenation: pom‧mel
  • Rhymes: -ɒməl


From Middle English pomel, from Middle French, presumedly via Vulgar Latin pomellum (ball, knob), the diminutive of Late Latin pomum (apple)


pommel (plural pommels)

  1. The upper front brow of a saddle.
  2. Either of the rounded handles on a pommel horse.
  3. The knob on the hilt of an edged weapon such as a sword.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Macaulay to this entry?)
  4. A knob forming the finial of a turret or pavilion.

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pommel (third-person singular simple present pommels, present participle pommelling or pommeling, simple past and past participle pommelled or pommeled)

  1. (transitive) To pound or beat.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 37
      I will not say as schoolboys do to bullies—Take some one of your own size; don’t pommel me! No, ye’ve knocked me down, and I am up again; but ye have run and hidden.