facial

1 of 2

adjective

fa·​cial ˈfā-shəl How to pronounce facial (audio)
1
: of or relating to the face
facial expressions
2
: concerned with or used in improving the appearance of the face
facially adverb

facial

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noun

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

Examples of facial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Botulism is a rare condition caused by bacteria that attacks nerves in the body and can cause symptoms like trouble swallowing and speaking, blurred vision, facial weakness, trouble breathing, nausea and paralysis, per the Mayo Clinic. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 5 July 2024 Police used facial recognition to further link him to the assault, cops said. Elizabeth Keogh, New York Daily News, 3 July 2024
Noun
There are conventional offerings, like massages and facials, and more unusual — to Westerners, at least — options that harness singing bowls, stones, and Ayurvedic techniques. Claudia Fisher, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2024 Spa treatments include massages, bath treatments, salt room therapy, facials, energy work therapies and couples spa packages. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for facial 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of facial was in 1746

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Cite this Entry

“Facial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facial. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

facial

1 of 2 adjective
fa·​cial ˈfā-shəl How to pronounce facial (audio)
: of or relating to the face
facially adverb

facial

2 of 2 noun
: a treatment to improve the condition of the skin of the face

Medical Definition

facial

1 of 2 adjective
fa·​cial ˈfā-shəl How to pronounce facial (audio)
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
facially adverb

facial

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

Legal Definition

facial

adjective
fa·​cial
: involving or apparent from the face of something (as a statute)
facial discrimination
a facial challenge to the law
facially adverb

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