complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən How to pronounce complexion (audio) \

Definition of complexion

1 : the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body
2a : an individual complex of ways of thinking or feeling
b : a complex of attitudes and inclinations
3 : the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a dark complexion
4 : overall aspect or character by changing the complexion of the legislative branch— Trevor Armbrister

Other Words from complexion

complexional \ kəm-​ˈplek-​shnəl How to pronounce complexion (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
complexioned \ kəm-​ˈplek-​shənd How to pronounce complexion (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of complexion in a Sentence

She has a dark complexion. All of the children had healthy complexions. The complexion of the neighborhood has changed over the years.
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Recent Examples on the Web With a pair of falsies, full-coverage complexion products, and a matte peach lipstick, the look was complete. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 12 Jan. 2022 Next, an overlined lip painted in a brickish brown came with a generous swipe of gloss, offering a perfect juxtaposition to Gomez's matte complexion. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 4 Jan. 2022 My acne scars and dark spots got fainter, my complexion brighter and more even. Kayla Hui, Health.com, 9 Dec. 2021 Henao's pre-makeup complexion prep begins with a serum to address the skin's underlying needs. Jessica Ourisman, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Oct. 2021 Raleigh’s team also created Tammy’s whole skin foundation, with Tammy’s complexion deepening and darkening over time. Tomris Laffly, Vulture, 28 Sep. 2021 Maskne has become a catch-all name that includes complexion issues around the chin and mouth from annoying breakouts to significant irritation, rashes, and more complicated skin conditions. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2021 Biography also has a handful of other potent complexion products that are popular among makeup artists and celebrities alike. Jennifer Chan, PEOPLE.com, 13 Sep. 2021 The good news is that the right facial scrub will reveal a smoother, fresher complexion. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 30 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of complexion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complexion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin complexion-, complexio, from Latin, combination, from complecti

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The first known use of complexion was in the 14th century

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20 Jan 2022

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“Complexion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/complexion. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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complexion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of complexion

: the color or appearance of the skin especially on the face
: the general appearance or character of something

complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən How to pronounce complexion (audio) \

Kids Definition of complexion

: the color or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a fair complexion

complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən How to pronounce complexion (audio) \

Medical Definition of complexion

1 : the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body
2 : the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a dark complexion

Other Words from complexion

complexioned \ -​shənd How to pronounce complexion (audio) \ adjective

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