af·​ter·​shave ˈaf-tər-ˌshāv How to pronounce aftershave (audio)
: a usually scented lotion for use on the face after shaving

Examples of aftershave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My dad would beam a huge smile after Santa left him a bottle of HUGO Boss aftershave and a large box of Lindt chocolates. Lipi Roy, Md, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Downey’s performance, equal parts subtly scented aftershave and snake oil, is a double-dealing marvel. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 19 July 2023 Think of it as the super refined version of an aftershave—meant to infuse your skin with a little something extra to finish off your grooming routine. Garrett Munce, Men's Health, 28 June 2023 The best ones can replace your manual razor, shaving cream, and aftershave in one fell swoop, and cut down your daily shaving time. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 16 May 2023 On the lookout for an aftershave with a touch of extra class? Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Oct. 2022 After Shave Serum $145 at Pros Revitalizes tired-looking skin Lives skin feeling silky-smooth Cons Shaving is hell on skin, but a few pumps of this aftershave instantly calms and soothes angry skin once the act is done. Garrett Munce,, 5 May 2023 Shave, rinse with cold water to close the pores, and then apply a disinfecting aftershave to cleanse and nourish the skin. Adam Na Hurly, Men's Health, 8 Mar. 2023 Understanding your needs before purchasing an aftershave is key. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


after- + shave entry 2

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aftershave was in 1887

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“Aftershave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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af·​ter·​shave ˈaf-tər-ˌshāv How to pronounce aftershave (audio)
: a lotion for use on the face after shaving
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