usage note
Tihs word must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in 2.
feminine noun
1. (medicine) 
a. ointment 
Su madre le puso pomada en la picadura de abeja.Her mother put ointment on the bee sting.
b. cream 
Juan se aplicó una pomada de cortisona al sarpullido para reducir la inflamación.Juan applied a cortisone cream to his rash to reduce the swelling.
2. (influential group) 
a. cream 
Solo me interesa crear arte, no pertenecer a la pomada de la sociedad.I'm only interested in creating art, not in being part of the cream of society.
3. (cosmetics) 
a. cream 
¿Cómo te peinaste? ¿Con pomada o con gel?How did you do your hair? With cream or with gel?
4. (shoeshine) (River Plate) 
a. shoe polish 
En el ejército no nos daban pomada y teníamos que lustrar las botas con saliva.In the army we didn't have any shoe polish, so we had to polish our shoes with spit.
1. (general) 
a. ointment 
1 (crema) cream; ointment
estar en la pomada (metido) to be mixed up in it; be involved; (al tanto) to be in the know
hacer algo pomada (S. Cone) to break sth to bits; ruin sth
2 (gente)
la pomada the cream; the top people
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