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

One of his most recent ventures includes facial recognition ordering at a burger chain, CaliBurger. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Garner Reportedly Has a New Boyfriend Following Her Divorce from Ben Affleck," 24 Oct. 2018 More public oversight of facial recognition may be coming. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Facial recognition is becoming one of the 21st century’s biggest public space issues," 19 Oct. 2018 That’s because Huawei has introduced two new secure biometrics: facial recognition and in-display fingerprint scanning. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Huawei Mate 20 Mate 20 Pro hands on: Enter the Matrix with the do-it-all Android phones," 16 Oct. 2018 The number one new feature on the iPhone X is its facial recognition system. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Parted Your Hair A Different Way? Your Device Might Not Unlock," 25 Sep. 2018 During the Biggest Weekend event, the facial recognition system flagged a person who had an outstanding arrest warrant, and officers took the person into custody. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "UK cops used facial recognition at show, found someone with outstanding warrant," 29 Aug. 2018 For the last few years, police forces around China have invested heavily to build the world's largest video surveillance and facial recognition system, incorporating more than 170 million cameras so far. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Facial Recognition Tech Is Creepy When It Works—And Creepier When It Doesn’t," 9 May 2018 Parabon’s services come with a disclaimer that the reconstructions should not be used with facial recognition systems. Caitlin Curtis And James Hereward, Smithsonian, "How Accurately Can Scientists Reconstruct A Person’s Face From DNA?," 4 May 2018 Unlike other facial recognition systems, Iproov’s system cannot be fooled by someone holding a digital image up to the device camera, Bud said. Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Recognition Startup May Help Brexit’s Irish Border Problem," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For example, Sephora, the French cosmetics giant, will install a Sephora Studio, a modest-size shop that offers one-on-one services like mini facials and digital tie-ins. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "The Man Who Could Save Retail," 17 Sep. 2018 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

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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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