cosmetic

adjective
cos·​met·​ic | \ käz-ˈme-tik How to pronounce cosmetic (audio) \

Definition of cosmetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

cosmetic

noun

Definition of cosmetic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from cosmetic

Adjective

cosmetically \ käz-​ˈme-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cosmetically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for cosmetic

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Of course, there are some problematic reasons for this, like societal pressures on women to keep looking young while not losing focus on career or family, and to use cosmetic procedures to literally keep up appearances. Holly Ojalvo, Quartz, "Your amazement at J Lo is ageist as hell," 5 Feb. 2020 Glazer expressed concerns that the types of surgeries that would have been prohibited under the bill’s defintion of intersex were too broad, encompassing cosmetic procedures and nonsurgical treatments for minors who are clearly boys or girls. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Major LGBT group revokes endorsement of Bay Area lawmaker over intersex bill," 28 Jan. 2020 The purse contained her ID, a credit card, and some cosmetic items. cleveland, "Pain meds missing from residence: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 24 Jan. 2020 Talc is an ingredient commonly used in cosmetic items such as baby powder and blush. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Retailers are pulling Johnson's baby powder from store shelves," 25 Oct. 2019 The young women reportedly stole nearly $2,500.00 worth of cosmetic items from Sephora. Kim Fu, The Mercury News, "Teens arrested in Marin burglary may be linked to Bay Area thefts," 29 June 2019 During Apex’s first season, many players complained about boring skins and other cosmetic items that Respawn Entertainment made available. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Apex Legends’ second season will work to fix its first," 8 June 2019 Full-size shampoo and conditioner and other cosmetic items are a no-go with a carry on. NBC News, "How to pack a carry-on (and save on airline baggage fees)," 18 Apr. 2018 That year, Americans spent $16.5 billion on cosmetic surgery; ninety-two per cent of these procedures were performed on women. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Age of Instagram Face," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun No weapons were used during the cosmetics store theft and no weapons were recovered. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Sephora theft suspect shot by Fremont police after ramming cop cars, police say," 5 Feb. 2020 Anindito Mukherjee—Bloomberg via Getty Images Vinod Kumar, a 35-year-old shopkeeper selling women’s cosmetics in the Delhi bazaar, is looking for relief. Ari Altstedter, Fortune, "Amazon and Walmart Thought India Would Be Their Next Giant Market. India’s Shopkeepers Would Like to Disagree," 2 Dec. 2019 Fortnite and YouTube exist hand-in-hand, and now Epic Games is rolling out a new feature that gives players free cosmetics for watching matches on YouTube. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Fortnite players can now earn loot from watching YouTube videos," 18 July 2019 So David Beckham is launching a male grooming brand, something with cosmetics for guys. Fox News, "California governor calls DOJ lawsuit a 'political stunt'," 7 Mar. 2018 Another venture developed by Ms. Janah is LXMI, a luxury cosmetics line that has the same mission as Samasource: to hire marginalized people and give them a decent wage. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Leila Janah, entrepreneur who hired the poor, dies at 37," 1 Feb. 2020 Counterfeit cosmetics can contain everything from dangerous bacteria to human waste. Peter Navarro For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Navarro: Counterfeits harm Americans and threaten national security. Trump has a plan to combat them," 31 Jan. 2020 Another venture developed by Ms. Janah is LXMI, a luxury cosmetics line that has the same mission as Samasource: to hire marginalized people and give them a decent wage. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Leila Janah, Entrepreneur Who Hired the Poor, Dies at 37," 30 Jan. 2020 In addition to food, H Mart also sells household items and cosmetics. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "6 questions answered about Arizona's first H Mart and a look inside the Mesa megastore," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of cosmetic

Adjective

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cosmetic

Adjective

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

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Time Traveler for cosmetic

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The first known use of cosmetic was in 1638

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Last Updated

18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cosmetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cosmetic. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for cosmetic

cosmetic

adjective
How to pronounce cosmetic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cosmetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: used or done in order to improve a person's appearance
: done in order to make something look better
: not important or meaningful

cosmetic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cosmetic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

cosmetic

noun
cos·​met·​ic | \ käz-ˈmet-ik How to pronounce cosmetic (audio) \

Kids Definition of cosmetic

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

cosmetic

noun
cos·​met·​ic | \ käz-ˈmet-ik How to pronounce cosmetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of cosmetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a cosmetic preparation for external use

cosmetic

adjective

Medical Definition of cosmetic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from cosmetic

cosmetically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cosmetically (audio) \ adverb

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