- a ball of aromatic substances, as perfumed powder, dried herbs, etc.: originally a supposed safeguard against infection, now placed in drawers, closets, etc. to scent clothing or linens
- an ornamental case for carrying or holding this
- a clove-studded orange, lemon, or apple, serving as an aromatic decoration
Origin of pomanderearlier pomamber from Middle French pome ambre, pomme d'ambre from pome (see pome) + ambre, amber
- A small scented object, especially:a. An orange or other fruit studded with spices such as cloves, used to freshen the air in a closet or dresser drawer.b. A ball-shaped arrangement of flowers hung from a ribbon and carried, as at a wedding.c. A mixture of aromatic substances enclosed in a bag or box, formerly worn on one's person as a protection against odor or infection.
- A case, box, or bag for wearing a mixture of aromatic substances on one's person.
Origin of pomanderMiddle English pomendambre alteration of Old French pome d'embre apple of amber from Medieval Latin pōmum dē ambrā pōmum apple, ball ( from Latin fruit )Latin dē of ; see de- . ambrā ablative of ambra amber ; see amber .