cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gy ˌkäz-mə-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce cosmetology (audio)
: the cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair, and nails

Examples of cosmetology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The school will provide training in a variety of trades, including welding, advanced manufacturing, health services and cosmetology. Margaret Kates |, al, 19 Sep. 2023 Students will also be going on local college tours, as well as field trips to Paul Mitchell, The School in Tinley Park to learn about cosmetology and aesthetician programs, and a few local union apprenticeship programs. Janice Neumann, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2023 In the meantime, students are fanning themselves with notebooks, teachers are fundraising money for more classroom fans and courses such as cooking and cosmetology have been affected, because the intense heat prevents the use of certain equipment. Danica Coto, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2023 My niece, who had a full-time manager position at Papa John’s Pizza, had just graduated from cosmetology school. Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2023 At first, Baacke explored his artistic talent by attending cosmetology school. Lyndi McNulty, Baltimore Sun, 19 Aug. 2023 Modeling, cosmetology school and becoming a makeup artist were all possibilities in her future. Corin Cesaric, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2023 In Virginia, by contrast, applicants can be denied cosmetology licenses for having specific misdemeanor convictions or any felony. Tara García Mathewson, Anchorage Daily News, 29 July 2023 The cosmetology students were cheered on by family members and also supported by school faculty, officials, board members, students and the community. Alex Kushel, Sun Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cosmetology was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Cosmetology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gy -jē How to pronounce cosmetology (audio)
plural cosmetologies
: the cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair, and nails
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