de·​odor·​ant | \ dē-ˈō-də-rənt How to pronounce deodorant (audio) \

Definition of deodorant

: a preparation that destroys or masks unpleasant odors

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deodorant adjective

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The scientific literature is sparse, as much of this research is carried out by deodorant and antiperspirant industries, which often don’t publish their results. Paul Vanouse, The Conversation, "An artist’s journey into the science of sweat," 12 Sep. 2019 Items that can be donated include tents, cots, deodorant, toothpaste, blankets and non-perishable foods. Kara Quebedeaux, Houston Chronicle, "Houstonians collecting supplies to aid Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas," 6 Sep. 2019 Clutching a water bottle and a stick of Old Spice deodorant, Braiden rushed awkwardly back down the stairs and into the passenger seat of a Nissan Sentra, a diaper bag already on the back seat. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Braiden Schirtzinger is non-binary, pregnant and about to take on the most gendered role of all," 16 Aug. 2019 Packaged in a hard plastic case, your deodorant contains lots of tiny plastic components for twist-ability that are not recyclable. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Problem with Beauty Packaging," 12 Aug. 2019 Bernie Sanders, European in outlook as always, has been known to criticize the American economy for offering too many varieties of deodorant. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 22 Aug. 2019 Another explained how to make a blow torch using aerosol deodorant. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "In Hong Kong Protests, Faces Become Weapons," 26 July 2019 Then, Sutterley said, Chavez used a spray deodorant can as a makeshift blowtorch to light Hernandez on fire. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawyers say one homeless man killed another, but disagree on his intent," 23 July 2019 Just a few spritzes of deodorant kept me fresh for hours. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "I Sweat My Way Through Lululemon's New Line of Exercise-Friendly Beauty Products," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of deodorant

1869, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of deodorant

: a substance that you put on your body and especially under your arms to prevent, remove, or hide unpleasant smells


de·​odor·​ant | \ dē-ˈō-də-rənt How to pronounce deodorant (audio) \

Kids Definition of deodorant

: something used to remove or hide unpleasant odors


de·​odor·​ant | \ dē-ˈōd-ə-rənt How to pronounce deodorant (audio) \

Medical Definition of deodorant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: destroying or masking offensive odors



Medical Definition of deodorant (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of various preparations or solutions (as a soap or disinfectant) that destroy or mask unpleasant odors especially : a cosmetic that neutralizes perspiration odors

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