ointment

noun
oint·​ment | \ ˈȯint-mənt How to pronounce ointment (audio) \

Definition of ointment

: a salve or unguent for application to the skin

Examples of ointment in a Sentence

You should put some ointment on that cut.
Recent Examples on the Web There’s already a fly in the ointment, though: the EPA rates the Taycan’s range on a charge at a very pedestrian 201 miles. Dallas News, "What are the most interesting vehicles coming in 2020?," 11 Jan. 2020 There’s already a fly in the ointment, though: the EPA rates the Taycan’s range on a charge at a very pedestrian 201 miles. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "These are the best, most interesting, important vehicles coming in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 Detainees will be treated with an ointment before being released from quarantine, which the facility expects to receive Tuesday, according to ICE. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "25 people quarantined at Aurora ICE detention facility due to scabies outbreak," 9 Dec. 2019 Young finished with four sacks and five tackles for loss and was a significant fly in the ointment as Ohio State pulled away in the second half for a 38-7 win. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The 19 Wisconsin sports athletes who defined 2019 (and 10 villains)," 24 Dec. 2019 The only fly in the ointment was the sheer number of pot shots and long-range strikes the Brazilian took. SI.com, "Bayern Munich 3-0 Red Star Belgrade: Report, Ratings & Reaction to a Routine Win for FC Hollywood," 18 Sep. 2019 The company also recalled several Perrigo prescription ointments listed on the FDA website. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Several eye drops and ointment sold at Walgreens and Walmart recalled," 7 July 2019 Some contended they were scented lumps of ointment designed to be melted, then used to cleanse and perfume the body. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Ancient Egyptian Head Cones Were Real, Grave Excavations Suggest," 11 Dec. 2019 The 13-step routine covered everything from eyelash conditioner to lip ointment, but the most enticing picks were her anti-aging products. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Ashley Graham Swears By These 5 Anti-Aging Products for Radiant Skin," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ointment

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ointment

Middle English, alteration of oynement, from Anglo-French uignement, oignement, ultimately from Latin unguentum, from unguere to anoint; akin to Old High German ancho butter, Sanskrit anakti he salves

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The first known use of ointment was in the 14th century

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16 Jan 2020

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“Ointment.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ointment. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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ointment

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How to pronounce ointment (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ointment

: a smooth substance that is rubbed on the skin to help heal a wound or to reduce pain or discomfort

ointment

noun
oint·​ment | \ ˈȯint-mənt How to pronounce ointment (audio) \

Kids Definition of ointment

: a thick greasy medicine for use on the skin

ointment

noun
oint·​ment | \ ˈȯint-mənt How to pronounce ointment (audio) \

Medical Definition of ointment

: a salve or unguent for application to the skin specifically : a semisolid medicinal preparation usually having a base of fatty or greasy material

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