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Definitions for pommel
ˈpʌm əl, ˈpɒm-pom·mel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pommelnoun

    a handgrip that a gymnast uses when performing exercises on a pommel horse

  2. pommel, saddlebownoun

    handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle

  3. knob, pommelverb

    an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger

  4. pummel, pommel, biffverb

    strike, usually with the fist

    "The pedestrians pummeled the demonstrators"


  1. pommelnoun

    The upper front brow of a saddle.

  2. pommelnoun

    Either of the rounded handles on a pommel horse.

  3. pommelnoun

    The knob on the hilt of an edged weapon such as a sword.

  4. pommelverb

    To pound or beat.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pommelnoun

    Etymology: pomeau, Fr. pomo, Italian; appel van t' swaerd, Dutch.

    Like pommels round of marble clear,
    Where azur’d veins well mixt appear. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Huram finished the two pillars and the pommels, and the chapters which were on the top of the two pillars. 2 Chron.

    His chief enemy offered to deliver the pommel of his sword in token of yielding. Philip Sidney.

    The starting steed was seiz’d with sudden fright,
    And bounding, o’er the pommel cast the knight. Dryden.

  2. To Pommelverb

    To beat with any thing thick or bulky, to beat black and blue; to bruise; to punch.

    Etymology: This word seems to come from pommeler, Fr. to variegate.


  1. pommel

    A pommel is typically referred to as the rounded knob at the end of the handle of a sword or dagger, used to prevent the weapon from slipping out of the hand or shield from sliding down. In gymnastics, it refers to one of the two rounded handles fixed on the top of a pommel horse which athletes use during their performance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pommelnoun

    a knob or ball; an object resembling a ball in form

  2. Pommelnoun

    the knob on the hilt of a sword

  3. Pommelnoun

    the knob or protuberant part of a saddlebow

  4. Pommelnoun

    the top (of the head)

  5. Pommelnoun

    a knob forming the finial of a turret or pavilion

  6. Pommelverb

    to beat soundly, as with the pommel of a sword, or with something knoblike; hence, to beat with the fists

  7. Etymology: [OE. pomel, OF. pomel, F. pommeau, LL. pomellus, fr. L. pomum fruit, LL. also, an apple. See Pome.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pommel

    pum′el, n. a knob or ball: the knob on a sword-hilt: the high part of a saddle-bow.—v.t. to beat as with a pommel, or with anything thick or heavy: to beat soundly: to bruise:—pr.p. pomm′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. pomm′elled.adjs. Pomm′eled, Pomm′elled (her.), having a rounded knob ending in a smaller one; Pomm′etty, ending in a small knob, esp. of a cross—also Pomm′elé. [O. Fr. pomel (Fr. pommeau)—L. pomum, an apple.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pommel

    The knob on the hilt of a sword. Also the protuberant part of a saddle-bow.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pommel in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pommel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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