Definition of pommel in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpäməl/ /ˈpɑməl/ /ˈpəməl/

Translate pommel into Spanish


  • 1A rounded knob on the end of the handle of a sword, dagger, or old-fashioned gun.

    ‘This done he attached a crossguard, handle and pommel of a simple sword.’
    • ‘This year's excavation returned to the metalworking area outside the mound's ditch and uncovered a wealth of finds including a sword pommel and ingot mould.’
    • ‘These early swords usually had pommels and crossguards made up of layers of organic material such as wood, bone or horn; which were often sandwiched, embellished with, or even completely covered by, bronze, gold and silver.’
    • ‘Two guards stood on duty just outside the entrance, hands resting on their sword pommels; one dressed in blue and silver, the other in grey and green.’
    • ‘The earliest item is a Viking bronze sword pommel from the late tenth century incised with diamond shapes and simplified animal forms.’
  • 2The upward curving or projecting part of a saddle in front of the rider.

    ‘He could see long, curving horns attached where the pommel would be on a normal saddle, and the rider carried a shield and a long stave, and had a sword sheathed at her hip.’
    • ‘As he reached the ground his pony started to run and was dragging the body which was evidently attached by a lariat to the pommel of his saddle.’
    • ‘Their riot helmets rest quietly on the pommels of their saddles, but the body language of the officers is hostile.’
    • ‘He died in September 1087 after suffering from major internal injuries when his horse, scared by embers in a burning Norman village, reared and rammed the pommel on the saddle into William's stomach.’
    • ‘The grey changed leads again, clumsily, and crashed over the obstacle, ramming the pommel of the saddle into Michael's belly.’

verbpommels, pommeling, pommeled, pommelling, pommelled

another term for pummel
‘Xavier smiled encouragingly at her, and Zeya looked ready to pommel anyone who touched her.’
  • ‘Coming away from one song, during a moment of relative quiet, John simply pommeled the keyboard with a wrist or an elbow, as if to demonstrate that the tones we were hearing were genuine and uncontrived.’


Middle English (denoting a finial at the top of a tower): from Old French pomel, from a diminutive of Latin pomum ‘fruit, apple’.