balm

noun
\ ˈbä(l)m How to pronounce balm (audio) \

Definition of balm

1 : a balsamic (see balsamic sense 1) resin especially : one from small tropical evergreen trees (genus Commiphora of the family Burseraceae)
2 : an aromatic preparation (such as a healing ointment) applied a balm to the wound
3 botany : any of several aromatic plants of the mint family especially : lemon balm
4 : a spicy aromatic odor … the white lilies in the garden, the herb bed near the bees—everything sent out fragrance and balm into the soft air …— Agnes S. Turnbull
5 : a soothing restorative agency Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.— Jane Austen

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Examples of balm in a Sentence

Art can be a balm to the soul. She shows that laughter is a balm for difficult times.

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Rihanna's beauty brand has unveiled its summer collection, and its filled with color, gloss, and even the brand's first-ever lip balm. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Announced Its Summer Collection," 4 May 2019 While Bieber has yet to officially comment on what’s in store for her new endeavor, her signature back-from-the-beach glow, as well as her desert island essentials—mascara and lip balm—may offer clues as to what her debut offerings will be. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Is Reportedly Launching “Bieber Beauty”—What Could it Look Like?," 16 Apr. 2019 Now Olivina Men ginger citrus lip balm Olive oil and cocoa butter come together to nourish and hydrate your lips. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The Best Natural and Organic Grooming Products to Restock Your Cabinet," 8 June 2018 Instead, regularly exfoliate your lips with a wet washcloth or a sugary lip scrub, and then apply a thick layer of moisturizing balm right before bed. Gigi Engle, SELF, "We Asked 14 People How to Make Kissing Even Better," 28 Mar. 2019 The final product is a clear, moisturizing lip balm with a matte finish. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Is Launching a Makeup Line For Men," 20 Aug. 2018 While many of these cosmetic companies have yet to make waves stateside—save one all-day moisturizing lip balm that goes on white but leaves a matte, almost-powdery finish—that’s about to change. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "6 Danish Beauty Brands to Know, Just in Time for Copenhagen Fashion Week," 8 Aug. 2018 Here's a lip-smackin' good offer from Kellogg's: Get a free lip balm with purchase of Special K products. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Free Eos Lip Balms with purchase of Kellogg's products," 14 Mar. 2018 Both are in Good Skin Labs Eyliplex-2 Eye Lift + Circle Reducer ($58.93; Amazon.com), a day gel and a night balm. Melissa Matthews, Woman's Day, "The Foolproof Anti-Aging Skin Routine," 24 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of balm

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for balm

Middle English basme, baume, from Anglo-French, from Latin balsamum balsam

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balm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of balm

: an oily substance that has a pleasant smell and that is used for healing, smoothing, or protecting the skin
: something that gives comfort or support

balm

noun
\ ˈbäm How to pronounce balm (audio) , ˈbälm\

Kids Definition of balm

: a greasy substance used for healing or protecting the skin lip balm

balm

noun
\ ˈbä(l)m, New England also ˈbȧm\

Medical Definition of balm

1 : a balsamic resin especially : one from small tropical evergreen trees (genus Commiphora of the family Burseraceae)
2 : an aromatic preparation (as a healing ointment)
3 : a soothing restorative agency

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