\ ˈkōl How to pronounce kohl (audio) \

Definition of kohl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a preparation used especially in Arabia and Egypt to darken the edges of the eyelids


biographical name
\ ˈkōl How to pronounce Kohl (audio) \

Definition of Kohl (Entry 2 of 2)

Helmut 1930–2017     chancellor of West Germany (1982–90) chancellor of Germany (1990–98)

Examples of kohl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Leading lady Judith Light, who takes home the Isabelle Stevenson Award, arrived in a sparkling Badgley Mischka frock with eyes rimmed in a smoky, kohl liner. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Looks From the 2019 Tony Awards," 10 June 2019 Blame it on the surplus of cat-eyed models on the runway this season or the perennially cool effect of a dramatic rimming of kohl. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Celebrity Makeup Artists on the Best Black Eyeliner of All Time," 26 Apr. 2019 Xerxes is depicted as an androgyne sybarite, his brooding eyes rimmed with kohl, his lips, nose, and ears all pierced with rings linked by delicate golden chains. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 For an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Brosnahan paired her disco curls with a set of glittering taupe Sally Lapointe capri pants and graphic kohl-rimmed eyes—two daring statements that would likely be approved by Bradshaw herself. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Rachel Brosnahan Steps Out With Carrie Bradshaw Curls in New York City," 30 July 2019 The softness of a classic kohl or gel pencil enlarges the eyes more than liquid liners do. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 20 Best Instant Anti-Aging Beauty Secrets," 24 June 2019 Her buttonlike eyes, made darker by extra heaps of kohl, belied an otherwise plump and forgiving face. Abhijith Ravinutala, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Definition(s)," 20 July 2019 The image shows a piercing hazel eye against a backdrop of snowy white feathers, the bird’s signature black marking swathed like kohl over its brow. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Audubon Photography Award Winners Show the Breathtaking Beauty of Wild Birds," 16 July 2019 In addition to her treasures and servants, Puabi was interred with her makeup, including a silver box that contained kohl, a black pigment used as eyeliner. National Geographic, "The royal tombs of Ur revealed Mesopotamia's golden splendor," 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of kohl


1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kohl


Arabic kuḥl

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English Language Learners Definition of kohl

: a type of makeup that is used to put a black or dark gray line or mark around the eyes

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