cosmetic

1 of 2

adjective

cos·​met·​ic käz-ˈme-tik How to pronounce cosmetic (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or making for beauty especially of the complexion : beautifying
cosmetic salves
2
: done or made for the sake of appearance: such as
a
: correcting defects especially of the face
cosmetic surgery
c
: not substantive : superficial
cosmetic changes
3
: visually appealing
cosmetically adverb

cosmetic

2 of 2

noun

: something that is cosmetic: such as
a
: a cosmetic preparation for external use
b
cosmetics plural : superficial features
a poem without rhetorical cosmeticsGuy Davenport

Examples of cosmetic in a Sentence

Adjective Almond oil is sometimes used in cosmetic products. medical procedures that are done for cosmetic purposes The changes were purely cosmetic. Noun Use a cosmetic to hide the scar.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
In most cars and trucks, body panel alignments are a purely cosmetic concern. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 23 Feb. 2024 Such cosmetic procedures don’t require surgery and include Botox, lasers, injectable fillers and chemical peels. Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 News about the recovery process and the surprising cosmetic benefit. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 20 Feb. 2024 The team spent the next several months making cosmetic upgrades to the space and preparing it for inspection. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 The lifestyle mogul has a candid conversation about aging with her cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Dan Belkin, on the season 2 premiere of her iHeartRadio podcast Martha Stewart has become a pro at breaking the Internet with her thirst traps. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 Most products are still only $6 on average, compared with about $9 for other mass cosmetic brands or as much as $20 for several prestige brands. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 Kelly Dobos is a cosmetic chemist based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 18 Jan. 2024 Thus she has been repeatedly forced to dispel perpetual rumors about cosmetic work for years. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 9 Feb. 2024
Noun
Marta Venier, an environmental chemist and Indiana University, found harmful PFAS in a variety of products including food packaging, cosmetics and school uniforms — all representing forms of potential exposure. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2024 While no longer present in paint and gasoline state-side, lead is still used in batteries, solder, pipes, pottery, roofing materials and some cosmetics, according to the Mayo Clinic. The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 Authorities accused the woman, who has not been publicly identified, of paying at least seven people to steal high-demand cosmetics in bulk from Ulta Beauty and Sephora across more than 230 thefts. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 17 Feb. 2024 In that case, Navalny was found guilty of fraud after he and his brother Oleg were accused of embezzling 30 million rubles ($540,000) from a Russian subsidiary of French cosmetics company Yves Rocher. Laura Smith-Spark, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 The company is developing soluble sachets for detergent pods, ice-cream scoops, and even paper packing for cosmetics. Stephen Armstrong, WIRED, 15 Feb. 2024 How a Person’s Skincare Routine Should Change As They Age Despite recent videos showing children buying armfuls of skincare products at cosmetics stores, kids do not need much to keep their skin healthy. Maggie O'Neill, Health, 15 Feb. 2024 VOCs are produced by a wide range of sources such as cars, vegetation and household chemicals, including cosmetics and cleaners, which complicates efforts to identify the most impactful sources. Virginia Gewin, Scientific American, 8 Feb. 2024 Overpriced cosmetics were put on trial this Sunday, as makeup brand e.l.f. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 12 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Greek kosmētikos skilled in adornment, from kosmein to arrange, adorn, from kosmos order

First Known Use

Adjective

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1650, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cosmetic was in 1638

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Cite this Entry

“Cosmetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cosmetic. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

cosmetic

1 of 2 noun
cos·​met·​ic käz-ˈmet-ik How to pronounce cosmetic (audio)
: a preparation (as a cream, lotion, or powder) used to improve a person's appearance

cosmetic

2 of 2 adjective
: intended to improve a person's appearance

Medical Definition

cosmetic

1 of 2 noun
cos·​met·​ic käz-ˈmet-ik How to pronounce cosmetic (audio)
: a cosmetic preparation for external use

cosmetic

2 of 2 adjective
1
: of, relating to, or making for beauty especially of the complexion
cosmetic salves
2
: correcting defects especially of the face
cosmetic surgery
cosmetically adverb

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