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



    BrE BrE//ˈnɒstrəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːstrəm//
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  1. 1(formal, disapproving) an idea that is intended to solve a problem but that will probably not succeed He criticized such right-wing nostrums as wage freezes or cuts in public spending.
  2. 2(old-fashioned) a medicine that is not made in a scientific way, and that is not effective
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin, used in the sense ‘(something) of our own making’, neuter of noster ‘our’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nostrum