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[po-meyd, -mahd, poh-]
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  1. a scented ointment, especially one used for the scalp or for dressing the hair.
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verb (used with object), po·mad·ed, po·mad·ing.
  1. to dress with pomade; apply pomade to.
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Origin of pomade

1555–65; earlier pommade < French < Italian pomata (so called because apples were originally an ingredient), equivalent to pom(a) apple (< Latin, plural (taken in VL as feminine singular) of pōmum fruit) + -ata -ade1. See pomatum
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Related Words

coat, grease, anoint, smear, slick, lard, pomade, lube

Examples from the Web for pomade

Historical Examples

  • There was an odour of pomade and vanilla that made me feel sick.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • 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?

British Dictionary definitions for pomade


  1. a perfumed oil or ointment put on the hair, as to make it smooth and shiny
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  1. (tr) to put pomade on
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Also called: pomatum (pəˈmeɪtəm)

Word Origin

C16: from French pommade, from Italian pomato (originally made partly from apples), from Latin pōmum apple
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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.

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