un·​guent | \ ˈəŋ-gwənt How to pronounce unguent (audio) , ˈən-; ˈən-jənt How to pronounce unguent (audio) \

Definition of unguent

: a soothing or healing salve : ointment

Examples of unguent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The transition from handset juggernaut to invisible technological unguent was not without casualties. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Nokia’s collapse turned a sleepy town in Finland into an internet wonderland," 29 Oct. 2019 It should be noted that this soothing unguent is under some fire. Ross Kenneth Urken, Town & Country, "A Love Letter to Pinaud Clubman Talcum Powder," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of unguent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unguent

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of unguent

old-fashioned : an oily substance that is put on the skin or a wound


un·​guent | \ ˈəŋ-gwənt also ˈən-jənt \

Medical Definition of unguent

: a soothing or healing salve : ointment

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dull or mediocre

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