Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Pom’padour,

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
as a colour, is claret purple. The 56th Foot is called the Pompadours, from the claret facings of their regimental uniforms. There is an old song supposed to be an elegy on John Broadwood, a Quaker, which introduces the word:—   1
“Sometimes he wore an old brown coat,
Sometimes a pompadore,
Sometimes ’twas buttoned up behind.
And sometimes down before.”



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