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

The Kardashians have never shied away from showing off their sometimes trendsetting, sometimes shocking, usually expensive beauty treatments on camera — remember when Kim Kardashian West got a vampire facial during Kourtney & Kim Take Miami in 2013? Neha Prakash, Allure, "Kourtney Kardashian Reveals She Underwent Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment for a Bald Spot," 9 Sep. 2019 The new iPhones would offer both the new Touch ID and Face ID facial scanner, matching Samsung's latest flagship phones, which also come with face and fingerprint scanning. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "The Calm Before the iPhone 11 Storm—Almost," 7 Sep. 2019 Willow’s facial condition gives her the appearance of having Down syndrome and shares some of the characteristics found in humans diagnosed with the same condition. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida kitten with ‘facial condition’ becomes internet star," 6 Sep. 2019 The diet also alleviated other PCOS symptoms, such as facial acne and hair loss. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "This Woman Lost 100 Pounds on the Keto Diet—and Eased Her PCOS Symptoms," 3 Sep. 2019 Chapman is known not just for working with Meghan Markle but also for her vigorous facial massage protocol, designed to unearth cheekbones and melt signs of fatigue. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Skin-Care Secrets You Need to Try for Yourself," 3 Sep. 2019 This includes free facial reconstruction, dental and orthodontic care, audio/speech assistance, as well as care for nose, ear and throat problems. Pomerado News, "Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotarians pledge ongoing support to help children in Baja," 31 Aug. 2019 Members of Congress this year have also introduced at least dozen privacy and transparency bills to bolster protections for Americans’ social media data, genetic data, facial recognition data and other kinds of information. New York Times, "YouTube Said to Be Fined Up to $200 Million for Children’s Privacy Violations," 30 Aug. 2019 Insurance company MassMutual’s health care plan, for instance, includes coverage for cosmetic surgeries that some transgender people need to alleviate dysphoria such as facial feminization and Adam’s apple reduction. Allison Hagan, BostonGlobe.com, "Many LGBTQ employees aren’t comfortable at work. Some Mass. companies are trying to change that," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Services include sunless spray tanning, European bronzing beds, stand-up sun booths, and spa services such as photo facials and FIT (far infrared technology) bodywrap. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New businesses include Sweetfin restaurant, Union Cowork," 15 Aug. 2019 Treatment options include strawberry laser lipo, massages, herbal facials and remedies and a variety of oils (including CBD), tinctures, teas and more. Deborah Storey | For Al.com, al, "Huntsville salt therapy spa part of nationwide trend," 25 July 2019 After a small breakdown/hot flash in the organic-produce aisle at Whole Foods, Winona Carter is tenderly placed in a Lyft and rushed away to a spa renowned for its oxygen facials and progressive treatment of college-admissions anxiety. Wendi Aarons Kj Dell’antonia, The New Yorker, "Girl, You’re a Middle-Aged Woman Now," 21 Aug. 2019 Energy-boosting massages and sound baths will be available in addition to manicures, pedicures, and facials using the ilā products. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Inside Ilapothecary, the Meghan Markle–Approved Spa Coming to New York," 16 Aug. 2019 Muro’s figures for wealth workers include maids and housekeepers, landscapers, personal trainers and skincare specialists (think facials). Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "Richer U.S. households fueling a hot job sector: ‘wealth work’," 30 July 2019 The barber shop will offer barber services as well as therapeutic facials. Kathy Jumper, al, "Investor pays big bucks for Orange Beach property," 28 July 2019 Of course, eco-activist Stella McCartney went next-level by offering facials from natural skincare queen Tata Harper backstage. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 8 Beauty Takeaways of Paris Fashion Week," 6 Mar. 2019 The clinic still offers a variety of non-medical skin treatments as well, including facials, body waxing and body brushing. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Monique’s Skin Care Center under new ownership," 17 July 2019

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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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