- 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
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 and History 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.