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 For that, Modesto recommends styling powder to add volume and pomade to give it shape and hold. Garrett Munce, Men's Health, 18 Apr. 2023 Certain lotions, makeup and hair pomades that come in contact with acne-prone skin may contribute to breakouts. Adele Jackson-gibson, goodhousekeeping.com, 14 Apr. 2023 Before breakthrough brands like Baby Tress and Pattern Beauty sprung onto the scene with specialized edge tools, people of color would oftentimes manipulate their baby hairs into mesmerizing shapes using just a toothbrush or bristle brush and gel or pomade. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, 5 Oct. 2020 The boys committed to the bit, and to the pomade. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 30 Sep. 2020 Grab your favorite gel or pomade, then start by parting your hair into small sections. ELLE, 16 Dec. 2022 It can be used as a clear brow pomade. Marianne Mychaskiw, Good Housekeeping, 8 Apr. 2021 Now, get ready to whip out your go-to angled brush and create your best arches yet with these eyebrow pomades. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 20 Feb. 2023 This full-body grooming kit includes a bar soap, body wash, face wash, hand salve, shave cream, and hair pomade. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 5 Dec. 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 27 May. 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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