de·​pil·​a·​to·​ry di-ˈpi-lə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce depilatory (audio)
plural depilatories
: an agent for removing hair, wool, or bristles
depilatory adjective

Examples of depilatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not having access to good quality depilatories and shavers can also put you at a greater risk of developing itching from hair removal irritation, Dr. Medeiros adds. Sarah Bradley, Women's Health, 6 Apr. 2023 Thousands of Amazon reviewers agree: this depilatory cream is one of the very best. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 May 2022 Thankfully, things have greatly improved since Berry's depilatory days. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 22 Apr. 2021 Before that, removing body hair was something both men and women did -- as far back as the Stone Age, then through ancient Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire -- using seashells, beeswax and various other depilatories. Marianna Cerini, CNN, 3 Mar. 2020 Another good option for your arms: depilatory creams. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, 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, 10 Jan. 2011 Another hair-removal method many folks know and love: depilatory cream. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, 26 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of depilatory was in 1606

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“Depilatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


de·​pil·​a·​to·​ry di-ˈpil-ə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce depilatory (audio)
plural depilatories
: a preparation for removing hair, wool, or bristles

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
de·​pil·​a·​to·​ry di-ˈpil-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce depilatory (audio)
: having the power to remove hair


2 of 2 noun
: a cosmetic for the temporary removal of undesired hair
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