po·​made pō-ˈmād How to pronounce pomade (audio) -ˈmäd How to pronounce pomade (audio)
: a perfumed ointment
especially : a fragrant hair dressing
pomade transitive verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Keep in mind that a little goes a long way here, so a simple quarter-sized dab of pomade will do. Lauren Tappan, Town & Country, 1 Feb. 2023 Parker oversaturated tresses with an Aveda pomade for a grunge effect, paired with the brand’s Texture Tonic for added texture and shine. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2022 After spreading the pomade evenly, run the product through your hair with a brush for the best results. Lauren Tappan, Town & Country, 1 Feb. 2023 Somewhere between a hair gel, a strong-hold hairspray, and a pomade, wax sticks are essentially hydrating, grippy balms that hairstylists use to as a last step to completely eliminate flyaways and add shine to the hair. Tatjana Freund, ELLE, 15 Dec. 2022 This pomade stick can be one of the most versatile tools in your styling kit. Tatjana Freund, ELLE, 15 Dec. 2022 On Reddit, there's an active thread where brow connoisseurs discuss the key differences between the Refy Brow Sculpt to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze, a potted pomade that functions more like a soap brow kit. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 3 Jan. 2023 There’s a classic pomade, a matte clay and a hard paste—all of which offer different levels of shine and hold to his ‘do. Garrett Munce, Men's Health, 8 Nov. 2022 Some guys like to rub a few drops of hair oil straight out of the shower to help lock in that moisture before finishing their style with a pomade or hair gel. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 15 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle French pommade ointment formerly made from apples, from Italian pomata, from pomo apple, from Late Latin pomum

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pomade was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Pomade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomade. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


po·​made pō-ˈmād How to pronounce pomade (audio) -ˈmäd How to pronounce pomade (audio)
: a perfumed ointment
especially : a fragrant unguent for the hair or scalp

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