bath salts

plural noun

Definition of bath salts

1 : a usually colored crystalline compound for perfuming and softening bathwater
2 : any of various synthetic illicit drugs with stimulant and sometimes hallucinogenic properties that are used (as by being injected or snorted) typically in the form of a white or brown crystalline powder

Examples of bath salts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shower gels, body lotions, hand creams, perfumes, bath salts, hand soaps, and more in Molton Brown's beloved (and royal-approved) scents. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 8 July 2022 Thanks to a unique blend of essentials oils, these bath salts strive to help relieve fatigue, soothe sore muscles and joints. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2022 This gift set, complete with great-smelling bath salts, balms, and soap, is all your mother-in-law needs for a much-deserved weekend of rest and relaxation. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, 29 Apr. 2022 After the fire station was decommissioned and the firefighters moved out, the 1946 building was used by a limousine service company and as a bath salts factory and flea market. oregonlive, 18 Jan. 2022 Featuring 25 of Acqua di Parma’s signature scents, easily transition your bathroom to a spa with their Arancia di Capri Shower Gel, Colonia shampoo, conditioner, and bath salts. Julie Tong, Vogue, 16 Oct. 2021 Beauty essentials make for the perfect stocking stuffers, and Amazon is chock-full of everything from bath salts to shampoos to hot tools, that the beauty lover in your family would be so ecstatic to receive. Eva Thomas, PEOPLE.com, 17 Dec. 2021 The shop has its own line of men’s products – or muscle soaks – that include bath salts, body salts and beard oil. cleveland, 13 Dec. 2021 Drug checking -- whether with fentanyl test strips or chemical reagents to test for MDMA, bath salts or LSD -- has been utilized in Europe since the 1990s and is starting to find greater practice in the United States. Nadia Kounang, CNN, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bath salts.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of bath salts

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best showerheads.

Learn More About bath salts

Time Traveler for bath salts

Time Traveler

The first known use of bath salts was in 1899

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near bath salts

bathroom tissue

bath salts

bath sponge

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for bath salts

Last Updated

12 Jul 2022

Cite this Entry

“Bath salts.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bath%20salts. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for bath salts

bath salts

noun plural

Medical Definition of bath salts

1 : a usually colored crystalline compound for perfuming and softening bathwater
2 : any of various synthetic, illicit, stimulant drugs that contain derivatives of cathinone (such as MDPV) and are typically sold as white or brown crystalline powders Los Angeles County health officials warned Tuesday against the use of bath salts—the designer drug involved in a series of bizarre incidents and arrests—just one week after a new study charted a skyrocketing number of calls to U.S. poison control centers about the drug.— Wesley Lowery, The Los Angeles Times sometimes singular Although the man was later proven to not be under the influence of bath salt, the incident nonetheless brought the drug national attention. — Lauren McGaughy, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana)

More from Merriam-Webster on bath salts

Nglish: Translation of bath salts for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!