eye·​lin·​er ˈī-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce eyeliner (audio)
: makeup used to emphasize the contour of the eyes

Examples of eyeliner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If big, doe eyes are your goal, puppy dog eyeliner may be your new favorite application method. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2023 Harvey opted for a smoky eyeliner, and Harlow dramatized her liner with a dark green-tone. Essence, 7 Nov. 2023 Her winged eyeliner is just as sharp, but there’s a softness to her speech that tempers the spikiness. Isabelia Herrera, Pitchfork, 18 Oct. 2023 The 22-year-old posed for a mirror selfie just before parting for the rave, her long dreadlocks partially covered by a headscarf, looking coyly to the side, eyelids flicked with eyeliner. Susannah George, Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2023 Swift carried a structured brown leather purse and went with her signature beauty look, complete with winged black eyeliner and a bold red lip. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 4 Nov. 2023 The artist went graphic with her eye look– a knife-straight eyeliner with white inner corners– which was emboldened by long eyelashes. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 3 Nov. 2023 Fans can buy tees, sweats, and even a Priscilla x Half Magic makeup set, complete with mascara, liquid eyeliner, and a wing guide. John Lonsdale, Rolling Stone, 3 Nov. 2023 Select easily removable eye products: When using eye makeup, look for products that are easy to rinse off, such as non-waterproof mascaras and eyeliners. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 3 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eyeliner was in 1929

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Cite this Entry

“Eyeliner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyeliner. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


eye·​lin·​er ˈī-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce eyeliner (audio)
: makeup used to emphasize the outline of the eye

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