- a scented ointment, especially one used for the scalp or for dressing the hair.
- to dress with pomade; apply pomade to.
Origin of pomade
Examples from the Web for pomade
Historical Examples of pomade
There was an odour of pomade and vanilla that made me feel sick.My Double Life
The pomade was a present from Esther, and it was the first time I had used it.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
He beheld them rub their eyes and bodies with a sort of pomade, when, lo!The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
As you please; but since you refuse to do it, we will say no more about the jar of pomade.
But this old hag who makes the pomade—do you know her address?
- a perfumed oil or ointment put on the hair, as to make it smooth and shiny
- (tr) to put pomade on
Word Origin for pomade
1560s, from Middle French pommade "an ointment" (16c.), from Italian pomata, from pomo "apple," from Latin pomum "fruit; apple" (see Pomona). So called because the original ointment recipe contained mashed apples.