Definition of bay rum in US English:

bay rum


  • An aromatic liquid, used especially for the hair or as an aftershave, typically distilled from rum and the leaves of the bayberry.

    • ‘The woman carries a red flannel bandage and a bottle of bay rum, which was used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes.’
    • ‘The cornstarch absorbs perspiration, the baking soda neutralizes stank, and the clove oil and bay rum oil smell good.’
    • ‘I ran outside, grabbed him to see if there were any injuries and when I saw there were none, I just soaked him down with bay rum.’
    • ‘For instance, as a way of warding off grey hair, our anonymous beautician suggests a tonic of 1oz of castor oil, tincture of jaborandi (an American shrub) and 3oz of bay rum, applied every other night.’


bay rum

/ˈbā ˌrəm/