cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ˌkäz-mə-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce cosmetology (audio) \

Definition of cosmetology

: the cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair, and nails

Examples of cosmetology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After getting her cosmetology license, Wright worked at several salons before opening one of her own. Craigh Barboza, Los Angeles Times, "1980s high-top fades and asymmetrical bobs are just part of the horror of ‘Bad Hair’," 14 Feb. 2021 Dazhai, a cosmetology student at the time, would make hair bows for her clients. Sydney N. Walton, CNN, "Teen helps adoptable dogs stand out with handmade bow ties," 3 Apr. 2021 Between 2013 and 2018, only one Madison cosmetology student had a co-op placement. Globe Staff,, "Boston’s lone vocational school struggles to prepare students for jobs. Can Madison Park salvage its beauty program — and itself?," 27 Feb. 2021 More than 550,000 barbering and cosmetology licenses will also have fees waived. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Here come more stimulus checks, plus help for small businesses," 23 Feb. 2021 Clark went to cosmetology school and graduated last April. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Southfield salon owner, hair loss advocate turns her passion into a business," 6 Mar. 2021 The school’s auditorium and cosmetology lab are anticipated for later this spring. Christine Mui,, "A new Somerville High School opens to a limited number of students," 5 Mar. 2021 On a July afternoon in 1995, in the middle of her cosmetology class in Nashville, a school staffer rushed in. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Family sacrifices helped Warriors' James Wiseman live his dream. 'Now it's my turn to help'," 2 Feb. 2021 The students learn cosmetology, esthetics and manicuring skills. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit salon owner's key to success: Make a space that feels like home to customers," 10 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of cosmetology

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cosmetology

French cosmétologie, from cosmétique cosmetic (from English cosmetic) + -logie -logy

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The first known use of cosmetology was in 1926

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30 Apr 2021

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“Cosmetology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cosmetology

US : the job or skill of giving beauty treatments to women by washing and cutting hair, applying makeup, etc.


cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gy | \ -jē How to pronounce cosmetology (audio) \
plural cosmetologies

Medical Definition of cosmetology

: the cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair, and nails

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