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pom·pom

 (pŏm′pŏm′) or pom·pon (-pŏn′)
n.
1. A fluffy ball of wool or other material used as a decoration, as on a cap.
2. A ball of fluffy material, such as feathers or strips of colored paper, that is waved by cheerleaders and sports fans.
3. A small buttonlike flower of some chrysanthemums and dahlias.

[French.]

pompom

(ˈpɒmpɒm) or

pompon

n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a ball of tufted silk, wool, feathers, etc, worn on a hat for decoration
2. (Plants)
a. the small globelike flower head of certain cultivated varieties of dahlia and chrysanthemum
b. (as modifier): pompom dahlia.
[C18: from French, from Old French pompe knot of ribbons, of uncertain origin]

pom•pom1

or pom-pom

(ˈpɒmˌpɒm)

n.
an automatic, 40-millimeter antiaircraft gun, usu. mounted, esp. on ships, in groups of four.
[1895–1900; imitative]

pom•pom2

or pom-pom

(ˈpɒmˌpɒm)

n.
1. Also, pompon. an ornamental tuft or ball of feathers, wool, or the like, used esp. on clothing or waved at sporting events.
[1740–50; variant of pompon, with assimilation of final n]
Translations

pompom

n
(= gun)automatische Flugzeugabwehrkanone
(on hat etc) → Troddel f, → Bommel f (dial)
References in classic literature ?
Look at my scarlet pompons, and the wind blowing your skirts about, and the ground so hard that not a prop will stick in, and then the carriage having to go out, when I had counted on having Powell, who--give every one their due--does tie up dahlias properly.
They have audaciously adjusted, in the name of "good taste," upon the wounds of gothic architecture, their miserable gewgaws of a day, their ribbons of marble, their pompons of metal, a veritable leprosy of egg-shaped ornaments, volutes, whorls, draperies, garlands, fringes, stone flames, bronze clouds, pudgy cupids, chubby- cheeked cherubim, which begin to devour the face of art in the oratory of Catherine de Medicis, and cause it to expire, two centuries later, tortured and grimacing, in the boudoir of the Dubarry.
They are petite and look more like buttons or pompons than the classic discs and rays of larger daisy species.
corrugated cardboard masking tape felt pompons yarn wiggle eyes toothpicks Small bits of Styrofoam glue
The first use of pom-poms or pompons can be traced back to the 1930s, all handmade from paper.
These individuals wave pompons as they wait for athletes at the finish line and give them a hug or a ``high five'' before escorting them to the award area where they receive their medals and ribbons.
NYSE: RXR) today announced that they will give away 75,000 orange pompons to fans attending Sunday's AFC Wild-Card Playoff Game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.