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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The protagonist has deep black skin and oversized red lips that distort and exaggerate African facial features, much like in minstrel performance. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Prada pulled a collection of figurines that drew comparisons to anti-black caricatures," 14 Dec. 2018 And while there’s something to be said about using makeup to enhance your appearance, deliberately changing your facial features in order to conform to a narrow idea of what’s considered beautiful…well, that doesn’t feel beautiful to me. Sandra Song, Teen Vogue, "How I Stopped Believing the Contouring Myths That Are Constantly Directed at Asian Women," 30 Nov. 2018 Cut a hole in back of acorn squash (trace gooseneck onto acorn; cut hole slightly larger so neck fits in). Draw facial features with highlighter and etch away skin with linoleum cutter. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 A few of the reactions are quite literally just screaming at him to wash his face: Someone, please, get this dude a facial wipe. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Shawn Mendes Says He Doesn’t Wash His Face, and Fans Are Freaking," 19 Apr. 2019 After some gentle facial cupping and the application of more potions, my time at 57 Wimpole is done. Catherine Hong, Town & Country, "Jodie Comer's Facialist Reveals Her Secret to Beautiful Skin," 14 Apr. 2019 Some figures that may give you a clearer idea: Popular Beverly Hills cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Simon Ourian estimates $3,900 to $5,900 as the average cost per area for facial contouring fillers. Glamour, "8 Things You Should Know Before Getting Injectibles," 10 Apr. 2019 These are among the behavioral biomarkers researchers have established using facial and acoustic analysis. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Does Your Smartphone Know if You’re Depressed?," 4 Apr. 2019 Unsurprisingly, chest acne accompanies facial acne in teens (unlike body acne, which is a whole different ball game). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Get Rid of Chest Acne in a Zap With These Tips," 5 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Specializes in anti-aging facials, body treatments, injectables, medi spa treatments, spray tans, eyelash extensions and mani/pedis. Peggy Siegal, Town & Country, "This Underground Plastic Surgery Guide Is the Talk of the Upper East Side," 20 Nov. 2017 And from Ayurvedic facials to Kapha flow yoga classes to at-home acupressure sessions, incorporating ayurveda into one's life has never been easier. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From CBD to Sex-Positivity, the 8 Biggest Wellness Trends of 2018," 10 Dec. 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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