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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Well, many observers realized the 10 Year Challenge also would be terrific training fodder for a facial-recognition algorithm designed to account for aging or to estimate a person's age, as Wired noted. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019 Pray that outrage over its facial recognition tools and lack of diversity leads to internal tumult? Jason Del Rey, Recode, "This is the Amazon everyone should have feared — and it has nothing to do with its retail business," 26 July 2018 Microsoft partners with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and its facial recognition tool is offered to government agents as a resource. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Microsoft’s facial recognition can better identify people with darker skin tones," 26 June 2018 The United States military and intelligence agencies have used facial recognition tools for years in overseas conflicts to identify possible terrorist suspects. Nick Wingfield, New York Times, "Amazon Pushes Facial Recognition to Police. Critics See Surveillance Risk.," 22 May 2018 Some campuses in the USG, such as Albany State University, are using the blockchain in partnership with IBM to create technology to help the visually impaired or for facial recognition tools. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Georgia Regents announce areas for new degree program," 16 May 2018 Under the too-bright recessed lighting of an anonymous hotel bar on Broadway, his overly manicured facial hair had a whiff of disingenuous creep, too. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "After 10 Years of Dating in New York, This Is What I’ve Learned," 11 Feb. 2019 The school district here uses a facial recognition system to scan for people not allowed on school grounds. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "One School District’s Security Upgrade: Facial Recognition, Tracking IDs and AR-15s," 3 Feb. 2019 The Japanese government has been embracing all kinds of novel security ideas for the upcoming games, including widespread facial recognition technology. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Is Going to Start Hacking Its Citizens," 29 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The two have organized a weekend of activities, seminars, and spa treatments — from princess carriage rides to ocean express facials. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "This Couple Is Giving Breast Cancer Survivors a Place to Call Paradise," 28 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'facial.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about facial

Statistics for facial

Last Updated

15 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for facial

The first known use of facial was in 1746

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for facial

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)

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on facial

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with facial

Spanish Central: Translation of facial

Nglish: Translation of facial for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of facial for Arabic Speakers

Comments on facial

What made you want to look up facial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to boil down or concentrate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!