[po-meyd, -mahd, poh-]


a scented ointment, especially one used for the scalp or for dressing the hair.

verb (used with object), po·mad·ed, po·mad·ing.

to dress with pomade; apply pomade to.

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 for pomade

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

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British Dictionary definitions for pomade



a perfumed oil or ointment put on the hair, as to make it smooth and shiny


(tr) to put pomade on
Also called: pomatum (pəˈmeɪtəm)

Word Origin for pomade

C16: from French pommade, from Italian pomato (originally made partly from apples), from Latin pōmum apple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