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adjective cos·met·ic \käz-ˈme-tik\

: used or done in order to improve a person's appearance

: done in order to make something look better

: not important or meaningful

Full Definition of COSMETIC

:  of, relating to, or making for beauty especially of the complexion :  beautifying <cosmetic salves>
:  done or made for the sake of appearance: as
a :  correcting defects especially of the face <cosmetic surgery>
b :  decorative, ornamental
c :  not substantive :  superficial <cosmetic changes>
:  visually appealing
cos·met·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of COSMETIC

  1. Almond oil is sometimes used in cosmetic products.
  2. medical procedures that are done for cosmetic purposes
  3. The changes were purely cosmetic.

Origin of COSMETIC

Greek kosmētikos skilled in adornment, from kosmein to arrange, adorn, from kosmos order
First Known Use: 1638



: a substance (such as a cream, lotion, or powder) that you put on your face or body to improve your appearance

Full Definition of COSMETIC

:  something that is cosmetic: as
a :  a cosmetic preparation for external use
b plural :  superficial features <a poem without rhetorical cosmetics — Guy Davenport>

Examples of COSMETIC

  1. Use a cosmetic to hide the scar.

First Known Use of COSMETIC

COSMETICS Defined for Kids


noun cos·met·ic \käz-ˈmet-ik\

Definition of COSMETIC for Kids

:  a material (as a cream, lotion, or powder) used to improve a person's appearance


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