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pompadour (POM-puh-dor) noun

A hairstyle where the hair at the front is brushed up into a mound or a roll, above the forehead. Also known as quiff.

[After the Marquise de Pompadour, the title of Jeanne Antoinette Poisson (1721-1764), mistress of Louis XV of France, who popularized the style.]

Elvis Presley had a pompadour, so does Kim Jong Il.

"Gil, who added extra colour with his pompadour hairpieces and red suits, was in sixth and last spot in voter surveys." Anti-Arroyo Pact Falls Through in Philippines; Manila Bulletin (Philippines); Mar 16, 2004.

"The bridegroom wears a Hawaiian shirt. The bride is wearing a tasteful cream-colored suit. The celebrant is wearing an iridescent blue sports coat and sunglasses; his hair is combed into a pompadour." Jane Glenn Haas; Sin City is Also the Wedding Capital of the World; Seattle Times; Feb 18, 2004.

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