Definition of pomatum in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈmädəm/ /pəˈmɑdəm/ /pəˈmādəm/ /pəˈmeɪdəm/


  • A scented ointment or oil applied to the hair; pomade.

    ‘both men kept their hair shiny with pomatum’
    • ‘Early wigs were made of black horsehair, dressed daily with powder and a scented ointment called pomatum, which had ruinous effects on the wearer's clothes.’
    • ‘In 1767 the author of a letter to the editor of the New York Journal bemoaned the fashion that led women to double the size of their heads with the use of pomatum and artificial pads.’


Mid 16th century modern Latin, from Latin pomum ‘apple’; compare pomade.