Definition of balm
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
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
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