un·​guent ˈəŋ-gwənt How to pronounce unguent (audio)
ˈən-jənt How to pronounce unguent (audio)
: a soothing or healing salve : ointment

Examples of unguent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nevertheless, our ancestors had some inkling that different substances, when applied as ointments, unguents, or pastes, could protect or heal skin from a range of injuries, including sun damage. Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 But the notion of an alien worm producing its own mind-melting unguent doesn’t seem especially bonkers. Popular Science, 6 Mar. 2024 But the institutional gangrene to which Levin draws attention seems to me to go beyond what the unguents in our current chrismatories can heal. Michael Knox Beran, National Review, 6 Feb. 2020 The transition from handset juggernaut to invisible technological unguent was not without casualties. Natasha Frost, Quartz, 29 Oct. 2019 It should be noted that this soothing unguent is under some fire. Ross Kenneth Urken, Town & Country, 26 Sep. 2017

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin unguentum — more at ointment

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unguent was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Unguent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unguent. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​guent ˈəŋ-gwənt How to pronounce unguent (audio) ˈən- How to pronounce unguent (audio)
: a soothing or healing salve : ointment

Medical Definition


ˈəŋ-gwənt also ˈən-jənt
: a soothing or healing salve : ointment

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