facial

adjective
fa·​cial | \ ˈfā-shəl How to pronounce facial (audio) \

Definition of facial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the face facial expressions
2 : concerned with or used in improving the appearance of the face

facial

noun

Definition of facial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a treatment to improve the condition or appearance of the facial skin

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Other Words from facial

Adjective

facially \ ˈfā-​shə-​lē How to pronounce facially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of facial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In 2017, she was involved in a hard fall that required 40 to 50 stitches in her face and resulted in some facial scars. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "Did Carrie Underwood Get A New Tattoo?," 5 June 2019 Oroojian accepted liability for the women’s injuries, including a concussion, a broken finger and facial bruising, according to the city attorney’s office. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Man pleads guilty after he is caught on video punching women at downtown L.A. hot dog cart," 3 June 2019 For a quick reboot, indulge in a hot-stone massage or oxygenating facial. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Your Beauty Guide to Mexico City," 28 May 2019 Hankering for a facial from famous #SturmGLOW dermatologist Barbara Sturm? April Long, Town & Country, "The Dermatologist Who Saved Bella Hadid's Skin Opens a Spa," 16 May 2019 Search for organic facial sunscreen with pretty packaging, travel-size hand lotion from your favorite shop, and a pack of herbal incense, like Mexico’s treasured copal. Sara-mae Albert, ELLE Decor, "How to Be the Ultimate Weekend Host for Out-of-Town Guests," 15 May 2019 San Francisco has become the first city to forbid local agencies from using facial-recognition software. Ted Rall, WSJ, "The Pros and Cons of Facial Recognition," 15 May 2019 Stanton was hit by then-Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers in 2014 and suffered multiple facial fractures forcing him to miss the rest of that season. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins prospect acquired in Yelich trade thriving since scary moment at the plate," 9 July 2018 One had a fractured vertebra and a second had a collapsed lung, multiple facial fractures and bleeding on the brain. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man charged with drunk or drugged driving in single-car crash that injured 2 after Summerfest," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unlike most facials, which focus on the skin’s surface, this one aimed to stimulate my muscles and keep my skin from drooping. Glamour, "We Tried the Best Methods for Getting Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes," 30 Apr. 2019 Elizabeth Taylor, owner and lead esthetician of True Beauty Brooklyn in New York, regularly incorporates manual lymphatic drainage into her facials. Elizabeth Kiefer, The Seattle Times, "Jade rollers: Puffy-eye wonder cure or sham?," 26 Mar. 2019 For me, a good facial has always included thorough extractions and some kind of heavy-hitting exfoliant. Glamour, "We Tried the Best Methods for Getting Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes," 30 Apr. 2019 The studio will also offer over 15 different facials to address issues ranging from collagen loss and pigmentation to dehydration and dull skin. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "Australia’s Favorite Celebrity Facialist Opens a New Skin-Care Studio in Los Angeles," 22 Feb. 2019 The 21,000-square-foot spa and fitness center will offer aerial yoga (practitioners contort within hammocks) and facials with a gold-leaf mask, among all the more standard fare (from $663 a night, sixsenses.com). Sanjay Surana, WSJ, "Cambodia: The Chicest New Beach Destination in Asia," 15 Jan. 2019 For many of the alpha females who visit, the inclusions are key: daily tension-melting in-room massages, facials, PT sessions, three body wraps, a hair treatment, and a mani-pedi. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 This is why, before every speaking engagement, Brodeur treats Michelle's skin with a vitamin C facial, infused with a secret weapon ingredient (keep reading to find out). Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "This Skincare Ingredient is the Secret Weapon for Michelle Obama's Glowing Skin," 17 Jan. 2019 Dogs are wallowing in mud baths and detox wraps, hot oil treatments and blueberry facials. Peter Haldeman, New York Times, "The Secret Price of Pets," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of facial

Adjective

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for facial

Adjective

borrowed from Medieval Latin faciālis "face-to-face, direct," from Latin faciēs "appearance, face entry 1" + -ālis -al entry 1

Noun

derivative of facial entry 1

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facial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of facial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a person's face

facial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of facial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a beauty treatment to make a person's face look and feel better

facial

adjective
fa·​cial | \ ˈfā-shəl How to pronounce facial (audio) \

Kids Definition of facial

: of or relating to the face facial hair

facial

adjective
fa·​cial | \ ˈfā-shəl How to pronounce facial (audio) \

Medical Definition of facial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or affecting the face facial neuralgia
2 : concerned with or used in improving the appearance of the face
3 : relating to or being the buccal and labial surface of a tooth

Other Words from facial

facially \ -​shə-​lē How to pronounce facially (audio) \ adverb

facial

noun

Medical Definition of facial (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a treatment to improve the appearance of the face
2 : a facial part (as a nerve or artery)

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facial

adjective
fa·​cial

Legal Definition of facial

: involving or apparent from the face of something (as a statute) facial discrimination a facial challenge to the law

Other Words from facial

facially adverb

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