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 : any of several aromatic plants of the mint family; especially : lemon balm
4 : a spicy aromatic odor
5 : a soothing restorative agency
Examples of balm in a sentence
Art can be a balm to the soul.
She shows that laughter is a balm for difficult times.
Origin and Etymology of balm
Middle English basme, baume, from Anglo-French, from Latin balsamum balsam
First Known Use: 13th century
BALM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of balm for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of balm for Students
: a greasy substance used for healing or protecting the skin <lip balm>
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up balm? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).