noun make·up \ˈmā-ˌkəp\

: the way in which something is put together or arranged

: the physical, mental, and moral character of a person

: substances (such as lipstick or powder) used to make someone's face look more attractive

Full Definition of MAKEUP

a :  the way in which the parts or ingredients of something are put together :  composition
b :  physical, mental, and moral constitution
a :  the operation of making up especially pages for printing
b :  design or layout of printed matter
a (1) :  cosmetics used to color and beautify the face (2) :  a cosmetic applied to other parts of the body
b :  materials (as wigs and cosmetics) used in making up or in special costuming (as for a play)
:  replacement; specifically :  material added (as in a manufacturing process) to replace material that has been used up <makeup water>
:  something that makes up for a previous postponement, omission, failure, or deficiency <a makeup exam>

Examples of MAKEUP

  1. His daring attitude toward risks is a major part of his makeup.
  2. She put on some makeup before the party.
  3. She applied her makeup lightly.
  4. She's too young to wear makeup.
  5. put on makeup for a play
  6. I didn't recognize him when he was in his theatrical makeup.

First Known Use of MAKEUP


Other Fashion Terms

bodkin, chignon, cowlick, eau de toilette, imperial, pocket, pomander, tonsorial

Rhymes with MAKEUP

MAKEUP Defined for Kids


noun make·up \ˈmāk-ˌəp\

Definition of MAKEUP for Kids

:  any of various cosmetics (as lipstick or powder)
:  the way the parts or elements of something are put together or joined
:  materials used in changing a performer's appearance (as for a play or other entertainment)


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