ep·​i·​la·​tion ˌe-pə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce epilation (audio)
: the loss or removal of hair

Examples of epilation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many different hair removal methods exist, from at-home laser hair removal and at-home waxing to epilation devices, with shaving as a starting place for many. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 11 July 2024 This sugaring kit features a roll-on applicator with two head sizes for small and large areas, 4.73 ounces of sugar wax, and 20 epilation strips. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 15 Jan. 2024 There are so many different hair removal methods, including some more salon-worthy procedures, such as laser hair removal, and at-home methods, like waxing, epilation, and, of course, shaving. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Jan. 2024 Many people also find epilation less painful than waxing—and more effective at grabbing super-short hairs. Abbie Kozolchyk, wsj.com, 17 Oct. 2023 Another great tip is to gently exfoliate your skin prior to epilation. Daley Quinn, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2022 And thanks to a massage cap, the epilation process itself is made to feel more comfortable, too. Sarah Han, Allure, 11 Oct. 2022 Panasonic's multipurpose epilator can be used on your arms, armpits, legs, and bikini line thanks to its epilation head, shaver, skin-protecting cap guards, and bikini attachment. Jillian Ruffo, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 July 2022

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Word History


French épilation, from épiler to remove hair, from é- e- + Latin pilus hair — more at pile

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of epilation was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Epilation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epilation. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


ep·​i·​la·​tion ˌep-ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce epilation (audio)
: the loss or removal of hair
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