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cosmetic

adjective cos·met·ic \ käz-ˈme-tik \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of cosmetic

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

play \käz-ˈme-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of cosmetic in a Sentence

  1. Almond oil is sometimes used in cosmetic products.

  2. medical procedures that are done for cosmetic purposes

  3. The changes were purely cosmetic.

Recent Examples of cosmetic from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of cosmetic

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


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cosmetic

noun

Definition of cosmetic

: 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

Examples of cosmetic in a Sentence

  1. Use a cosmetic to hide the scar.

Recent Examples of cosmetic from the Web

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First Known Use of cosmetic

1650



COSMETIC Defined for English Language Learners

cosmetic

adjective

Definition of cosmetic for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of cosmetic for English Language Learners

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


COSMETIC Defined for Kids

cosmetic

noun cos·met·ic \ käz-ˈmet-ik \

Definition of cosmetic for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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cosmetic

noun cos·met·ic \ käz-ˈmet-ik \

medical Definition of cosmetic

: a cosmetic preparation for external use

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cosmetic

adjective

medical Definition of cosmetic

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

cosmetically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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