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 Current big-rig parking lots on the Sears campus would be converted into grassy areas, and the center would offer property storage and job training in areas such as food service, security and cosmetology. Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 Unfortunately, it is not federally mandated that cosmetology schools include classes on curls or kinks, so most don't, which forces stylists who do care to work with those textures to actively seek training outside of the school. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 27 Apr. 2022 Hernandez is now back with her family and taking cosmetology classes. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Specifically, the findings indicate that the schools didn’t train students in important elements of a cosmetology program, left students without instructors for long periods of time. Shahar Ziv, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The program as a whole spans 41 industries, but the cosmetology-specific track currently enrolls 2,031 barbers and 1,502 cosmetologists. Alaina Demopoulos, Allure, 18 May 2022 The Biden administration agreed to forgive $238 million in student loans borrowed by students at the for-profit cosmetology school chain Marinello Schools of Beauty. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2022 According to a new report detailing the return on investment of nearly 17,000 associate-degree and professional-certification programs, cosmetology schools provide a particularly poor return on investment. Shoshana Weissmann, National Review, 28 Apr. 2022 Most recently, the administration is offering loan discharges of $238 million to borrowers who attended a now defunct for-profit cosmetology chain, Marinello Schools of Beauty. Shahar Ziv, Forbes, 3 May 2022 See More

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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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23 Jul 2022

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“Cosmetology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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