facial

adjective
fa·cial | \ˈfā-shəl \

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 \ adverb

Examples of facial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Create a Glowing Canvas Clean and moisturized skin is a no-brainer, but to really supercharge your glow, begin with a hydrating mask and follow it up with a lymphatic facial massage. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Ways to Make Your Foundation Look Like a Second Skin," 12 July 2018 He was taken to the hospital later that night, where he was treated for a fractured leg and facial cuts. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "'I only ever wanted justice,' says 18-year-old allegedly assaulted by Baltimore officer," 14 July 2018 The technology analyzes facial movements and expressions to gauge emotions, and is used by major corporations to test the effectiveness of TV ads. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Tech community wrestles over working with government," 13 July 2018 The exhibit also includes 10 drawings that each feature facial close-ups. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Connecting the dots in Goldberg's variations," 13 July 2018 Paul Manafort seems to have lost his polish, a new mugshot reveals, showing the once-dapper, well-coiffed power player with gray hair and facial stubble. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Manafort mugshot revealed after he's moved to new jail," 13 July 2018 In people with the condition, throat and tongue muscles relax and block the airway during sleep, caused by obesity, aging or facial structure. Washington Post, "New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom," 12 July 2018 Because baseball is a game of superstitions, picking up a win after first base coach Skip Schumaker donned a mustache on Tuesday meant the facial hair fad spread throughout the clubhouse Wednesday. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Andy Green mustache you a question," 11 July 2018 Travelzoo: $129 (weekdays) or $149 (weekends) for a 50-minute artisan massage or 50-minute personal remedy facial and extras including a glass of sparkling wine. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Spa deals: New Phoenician Spa has summer discounts," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Choose from an array of herbal massages and rejuvenating facials, or simply post up in a lounge chair with a summer read and cocktail. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "This East Coast Getaway Is the Perfect Alternative to The Hamptons," 26 June 2018 In recent years, guys have been embracing services beyond basic upkeep — think facials, manicures, cosmetic procedures like Botox—once thought of as only for women. Max Berlinger, GQ, "A Male Brazilian Wax Is a Painful Way to Make Your Junk Look, Uh, Bigger," 25 Apr. 2018 For those who want to take the extra step in taking care of your complexion, Ashleigh also swears by facials from Vancouver hotspot Skin Girls. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "How Riverdale Actress Ashleigh Murray Deals With Her Cystic Acne," 26 Feb. 2018 That's because facials have typically been characterized by a variety of products grazing over and sinking into skin. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "I Got a Cryotherapy Facial and It Literally Froze My Face Off — Well, Not Literally," 25 June 2018 But what’s more real about having daily facials than, say, putting on lipstick? Jessica Teas, The Cut, "The Big Lie of #NoMakeup," 9 July 2018 The store also offers grooming services, which can range from anything from a bath, to facials to help with tear staining and deshedding treatments. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming opens in West U.," 12 June 2018 Speaking of facials, clients can drop in for Colbert's famous Triad treatment, a favorite among his red carpet stars for its ability to pack microdermabrasion, laser toning, and a light chemical peel into one 45-minute transformative experience. Kate Branch, Vogue, "The Dermatologist Celebrities Have on Speed Dial Opens a Groundbreaking Wellness Space in New York," 25 Apr. 2018 Aida Bicaj facials and gourmet food in my refrigerator. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "Estée Lauder’s Jane Hertzmark Hudis Believes Skin Care Is Self Care," 19 June 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 \

Kids Definition of facial

: of or relating to the face facial hair

facial

adjective
fa·cial | \ˈfā-shəl \

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 \ 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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