What does plume mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word plume.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. plume(noun)

    anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness

    "a plume of smoke"; "grass with large plumes"

  2. plume(noun)

    a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament

  3. feather, plume, plumage(verb)

    the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds

  4. overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck, rob, hook(verb)

    rip off; ask an unreasonable price

  5. pride, plume, congratulate(verb)

    be proud of

    "He prides himself on making it into law school"

  6. plume(verb)

    deck with a plume

    "a plumed helmet"

  7. preen, plume(verb)

    clean with one's bill

    "The birds preened"

  8. plume(verb)

    form a plume

    "The chimneys were pluming the sky"; "The engine was pluming black smoke"

  9. preen, primp, plume, dress(verb)

    dress or groom with elaborate care

    "She likes to dress when going to the opera"


  1. plume(Noun)

    A feather of a bird, especially a large or showy one.

  2. plume(Noun)

    The furry tail of certain dog breeds that stand erect or curl over their backs (eg Samoyed, Malteagle)

  3. plume(Noun)

    A cluster of feathers worn as an ornament, especially on a helmet.

  4. plume(Noun)

    An upward spray of water or mist.

  5. plume(Noun)

    An upwelling of molten material from the Earth's mantle.

  6. plume(Noun)

    An arc of glowing material erupting from the surface of a star.

  7. plume(Verb)

    To preen and arrange feathers.

  8. plume(Verb)

    To congratulate oneself proudly.

  9. plume(Verb)

    To form a plume

    Smoke plumed from his pipe then slowly settled towards the floor.

  10. plume(Verb)

    To write; to pen.

  11. Origin: From pluma via plume

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plume

    a feather; esp., a soft, downy feather, or a long, conspicuous, or handsome feather

  2. Plume

    an ornamental tuft of feathers

  3. Plume

    a feather, or group of feathers, worn as an ornament; a waving ornament of hair, or other material resembling feathers

  4. Plume

    a token of honor or prowess; that on which one prides himself; a prize or reward

  5. Plume

    a large and flexible panicle of inflorescence resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large ornamental grasses

  6. Plume(verb)

    to pick and adjust the plumes or feathers of; to dress or prink

  7. Plume(verb)

    to strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage; also, to peel

  8. Plume(verb)

    to adorn with feathers or plumes

  9. Plume(verb)

    to pride; to vaunt; to boast; -- used reflexively; as, he plumes himself on his skill

  10. Origin: [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plume

    plōōm, n. a feather: a tuft of feathers: a feather worn as an ornament: a crest: a token of honour: a prize in a contest.—v.t. to dress the feathers of, as a bird: to adorn with plumes: to strip of feathers: to boast (used reflexively).—ns. Plumassier (plōō-ma-sēr′), one who prepares or deals in plumes; Plume′-bird, a term sometimes given to the Epimachidæ or long-tailed birds-of-Paradise.—adjs. Plumed, adorned with feathers; Plume′less.—n. Plume′let, a down-feather, a plumule: anything resembling a small plume.—adj. Plume′-plucked, stripped of plumes: (Shak.) humbled.—n. Plum′ery, a display of plumes.—adjs. Plumig′erous, plumaged; Plu′miped, having feathered feet.—n. Plu′mist, a feather-dresser.—adjs. Plu′mose, Plu′mous, feathery: plume-like; Plu′my, covered or adorned with plumes. [O. Fr.,—L. pluma, a small soft feather.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plume in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plume in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hillsborough Mayor Frank Delcore:

    The smoke plume is diminishing rapidly.

  2. Nic Loyd:

    That would have been powerful enough to lift a good-size dust plume.

  3. Missouri State Trooper Jim Thuss:

    It instantly didn't look good, there was a big plume of smoke, and then (another) big plume of smoke came from the Honda. I could see the fireball.

  4. Village President Karen Darch:

    It is a huge danger, if they breach, if there's a derailment in the heart of my town and there's a breach of tank cars, there can be a plume of flame high into the sky.

  5. Omar Khayyam:

    By Fate full many a heart has been undone, And many a sprightly rose made woe-begone; Plume thee not on thy lusty youth and strength: Full many a bud is blasted ere its bloom.

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Translations for plume

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • شاه پرPersian
  • kiehkura, pörröhäntä, sukia, suihku, pluumi, kynäillä, töyhtö, rehvastella, tupruta, sulka, höyhenFinnish
  • nuage de fumée, plume, plumeauFrench
  • פלומהHebrew
  • piumaItalian
  • ფრთაGeorgian
  • testans pluma commentumLatin
  • пердув, пе́роMacedonian
  • plumeau, rookwolk, pluim, veer, veder, stoffer, stofwolkDutch
  • pămătuf (de pene), fulg, mănunchi de pene, panăRomanian
  • плюма́ж, султа́н, [[чи́стить]] [[пёрышко, перо́, хвали́тьсяRussian
  • perjeSerbo-Croatian
  • plümäd, lehätaplümäd, plümVolapük

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