bay rum


: a fragrant liquid used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes that was originally prepared by distilling a liquid containing leaves of the bay-rum tree macerated in rum but is now usually prepared from by mixing alcohol and water with the essential oils from the bay-rum tree along with other aromatic oils (such as the oil from allspice or cloves)

Examples of bay rum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the shelf below the mirror are combs soaking in blue disinfectant and old-time tonics and elixirs, including Clubman Aftershave, bay rum and talc. John MacCormack,, 16 Mar. 2020 Her kitchen always smelled like fried meat and café, her bedroom a blend of Maja soap, bay rum, and Bal à Versailles perfume. Longreads, 26 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bay rum was in 1801

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“Bay rum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

bay rum

: a fragrant liquid used as a cologne or aftershave lotion
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