depilatory

noun
de·​pil·​a·​to·​ry | \ di-ˈpi-lə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce depilatory (audio) \
plural depilatories

Definition of depilatory

: an agent for removing hair, wool, or bristles

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from depilatory

depilatory adjective

Examples of depilatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Another good option for your arms: depilatory creams. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "Your Ultimate Body Hair Removal Guide," 17 July 2018 Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo, $24.99, comes with a pre-depilatory balm to help prevent irritation. Cristina Mueller, Redbook, "Q& Triple A: I have little hairs around my chin and upper lip. Help!," 10 Jan. 2011 Another good option for your arms: depilatory creams. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "Your Ultimate Body Hair Removal Guide," 17 July 2018 Another hair-removal method many folks know and love: depilatory cream. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "The Ultimate Body Hair Removal Guide," 26 Oct. 2017 Cream depilatories like Nair and Veet can also make the bare skin vulnerable to burning. Niree Noel, Allure, "How The Sun Damages Your Beauty Products And Treatments," 21 Aug. 2017 Instead, members come to the Wax Club on Chambers Street for hair removal, paying $89 each month, plus tax and gratuities, for unlimited depilatory services. Rachel Felder, New York Times, "At Salons and Spas, Membership Plans Catch On," 27 Dec. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'depilatory.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of depilatory

1606, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about depilatory

Statistics for depilatory

Last Updated

24 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for depilatory

The first known use of depilatory was in 1606

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for depilatory

depilatory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of depilatory

: a substance that removes body hair you do not want

depilatory

adjective
de·​pil·​a·​to·​ry | \ di-ˈpil-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce depilatory (audio) \

Medical Definition of depilatory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having the power to remove hair

depilatory

noun

Medical Definition of depilatory (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cosmetic for the temporary removal of undesired hair

More from Merriam-Webster on depilatory

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with depilatory

Comments on depilatory

What made you want to look up depilatory? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

friendly or mild

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!