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 Ovid, predictably, wrote an Art of Love, a send-up of the whole genre, and at least started a didactic poem on cosmetology. Gregory Hays, The New York Review of Books, "Horace’s How-To," 27 May 2020 The well-being of Great Clips customers and stylists in the salon is our top priority and proper sanitization has always been an important cosmetology industry practice for Great Clips salons. David Williams, CNN, "This Missouri man is waiting to hear if he has coronavirus after getting a haircut at a salon where stylists tested positive," 26 May 2020 Tanning beds, tattoo parlors and other cosmetology businesses will be allowed to reopen Friday as well, with more information about restrictions to be announced. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky starts to reopen this week. Here's where you can go and what you can expect," 18 May 2020 Those pleas pleas followed days of negotiations with the governor’s office and more than a week of planning with barbers and cosmetology professionals around the state, according to Stimpson. Christopher Harress |, al, "Mobile mayor wants to get restaurants running, may use parking lots and streets," 1 May 2020 Photo Courtesy: Correia Rouse Correia Rouse's cosmetology schooling has moved online in the wake of COVID-19. Lexy Lebsack,, "Hairstylists Might Go Back To Work, But Their Jobs Will Never Be The Same," 29 Apr. 2020 Bottoms, whose mother owned a salon for almost 25 years, has started a cosmetology relief fund named Strength in Beauty to assist those economically affected by COVID-19. NBC News, "Some businesses unswayed by Trump's criticism of Georgia's move to reopen," 23 Apr. 2020 Lisa graduated from Bloomington North HS and was a manager at McDonald's while putting herself through cosmetology school. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Mother's Day: Here's what loved ones want you to know about some amazing sports moms," 9 May 2020 Ohio institutions received a combined $388 million among its public and private colleges, community colleges, career academies, technical schools, adult education centers and cosmetology schools. Jennifer Smola,, "COVID-19 pandemic costing Ohio colleges millions," 26 Apr. 2020

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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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31 May 2020

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“Cosmetology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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