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



BrE BrE//ˈɔɪntmənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔɪntmənt//
[uncountable, countable] Medication
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  • a smooth substance that you rub on the skin to heal a wound or sore place synonym cream antiseptic ointment He put some ointment on the cut. See related entries: Medication
  • Word OriginMiddle English: alteration of Old French oignement, from a popular Latin form of Latin unguentum, from unguere ‘anoint’; influenced by obsolete oint ‘anoint’ (from Old French, past participle of oindre ‘anoint’).Idioms
    a/the fly in the ointment
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    a person or thing that spoils a situation or an occasion that is fine in all other ways
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ointment

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