cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gist | \ ˌkäz-mə-ˈtä-lə-jist How to pronounce cosmetologist (audio) \

Definition of cosmetologist

: a person licensed to provide cosmetic treatments to the hair, skin, and nails : one trained in cosmetology : beautician If you're using … any medication that might make you skin more sensitive, be sure to tell your cosmetologist.— Kathleen Conway Engles

Examples of cosmetologist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hensley was a stay-at-home mom and former cosmetologist who loved to read non-fiction true storybooks. Chris Mayhew,, "Grandmother seeks jail time now ahead of new sentencing date in NKY reckless homicide case," 28 Feb. 2020 Row 5: janitors and cleaners: 1.3x; hairdressers and cosmetologists: 1.2x; clergy: 1.6x; airline pilots and flight engineers: 1.7x; flight attendants: 2.0x. Mona Chalabi, The New Yorker, "A Psychiatrist and an Artist Walk Into a New York Bar," 13 Jan. 2020 The finished styles will be judged by Carroll County Public Schools’ Central Office staff and visiting cosmetologists on Dec. 18. Catalina Righter,, "Glitter, rollers and blowers in hand, Carroll County cosmetology students craft ‘Whoville’ hairdos," 13 Dec. 2019 Now lawmakers are taking advantage of this close, trusting and sometimes vulnerable relationship between a cosmetologist and a client to help victims of domestic violence. Jackie Pilossoph,, "Column: New law trains cosmetologists to look for signs of domestic violence," 19 Sep. 2019 While she was imprisoned, Hall maintained a relationship with her children and became a licensed cosmetologist. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, "Oklahoma mom imprisoned for 15 years for not reporting boyfriend's abuse freed," 8 Nov. 2019 Most of the salons were fined anywhere from $300 to upwards of $6,000, while some cosmetologists had their licenses revoked, according to a analysis of all 2019 Houston data publicly available by TDLR. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston nail salons fined in 2019 for unsanitary conditions, licensing violations," 1 Nov. 2019 For more information on TDLR's penalties and sanctions against cosmetologists, click here. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston nail salons fined in 2019 for unsanitary conditions, licensing violations," 1 Nov. 2019 Coates’ 28-year-old daughter, a cosmetologist, has had her own health care struggles. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "Medicare-for-All Is Not Medicare, and Not Really for All. So What Does It Actually Mean?," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cosmetologist

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cosmetologist was in 1926

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7 Mar 2020

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“Cosmetologist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gist | \ -ˈtäl-ə-jəst How to pronounce cosmetologist (audio) \

Medical Definition of cosmetologist

: a person who gives beauty treatments (as to skin and hair)

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