- 1 (also balsam) oil with a pleasant smell that is obtained from some types of trees and plants, used in the past to help heal wounds, for example
- 2a liquid, cream, etc. that has a pleasant smell and is used to make wounds less painful or skin softer lip balm He used a skin balm after shaving.
- 3(literary) something that makes you feel calm or relaxed The gentle music was a balm to his spirit.
NAmE//bɑm//[uncountable, countable, usually singular]