Definition of balm noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɑːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːm//
    [uncountable, countable, usually singular] Beauty products
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  1. 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
  2. 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. See related entries: Beauty products
  3. 3(literary) something that makes you feel calm or relaxed The gentle music was a balm to his spirit.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense‘preparation for embalming, fragrant resinous substance’): from Old French basme, from Latin balsamum from Greek balsamon.
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