cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gist ˌkäz-mə-ˈtä-lə-jist How to pronounce cosmetologist (audio)
: 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 Maya Smith, a licensed cosmetologist and founder of The Doux, shares that breakage can manifest in different ways: split ends, thinning strands, and excessive shedding. Larry Stansbury, Essence, 10 Apr. 2024 Moody was sentenced to life in prison plus thirty years for first-degree murder for kidnapping, raping and strangling the 17-year-old high school soccer star who dreamed of becoming a nurse or cosmetologist, the Democrat & Chronicle reports. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2024 If the bill passes, only cosmetologists who color or cut hair would need a license and people who strictly style would not. Annie Blay, Allure, 6 Mar. 2024 Rochelle is an influencer and cosmetologist who shares details of Brandon's game days and beauty tips on her social media profiles. Haley Van Horn, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Stella Body, 70, said she was technically retired but continues to work full-time as a cosmetologist to afford the rising prices. Lucía Cholakian Herrera Sarah Pabst, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2024 Autumn Estelle is a makeup artist, cosmetologist, and brow expert for Benefit Cosmetics. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, 14 Dec. 2023 Maryland requires a license to work for dozens of low and middle-income occupations, including barbers, cosmetologists, athletic trainers, tree trimmers and even carpenters. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 11 Jan. 2024 Since 2017, Kindred, owner of Kindred Hair & Skin Center in Columbia, Maryland, and Peterkin, a hair loss specialist and senior licensed cosmetologist, have partnered to care holistically for Black women like Robinson who are experiencing hair loss. Chanté Griffin, Vogue, 27 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cosmetologist was in 1926

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“Cosmetologist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gist ˌkäz-mə-ˈtäl-ə-jəst How to pronounce cosmetologist (audio)
: a person who gives beauty treatments (as to skin and hair)

Medical Definition


cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gist -ˈtäl-ə-jəst How to pronounce cosmetologist (audio)
: a person who gives beauty treatments (as to skin and hair)

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