\ 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 Lettuces, kohl crops, determinate tomatoes are all good candidates. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Chickweed and horsetails: Weed them now, while it’s early in the season," 28 May 2020 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, "The Best Black Eyeliner of All Time According to 8 Celebrity Makeup Artists," 13 Dec. 2019 Black Eyeliner Is Still the Ultimate Stamp of Cool A jet-black kohl pencil is the cool-girl's desert island essential. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Beauty Trends That Ruled the New York Runways This Weekend," 11 Feb. 2019 But unibrows were actually considered alluring for both sexes, and were often accentuated with kohl. Marianna Cerini, CNN, "Why women feel pressured to shave," 3 Mar. 2020 Behold Taylor Hill in a striking close-up portrait with kohl-rimmed eyes and Bulgari fine jewelry, looking like party Karlie’s ride or die. Harper's BAZAAR, "Some Say Love," 3 Feb. 2020 Gone are the days of only planting kohl crops and using clear plastic to warm up our soils. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "The world is changing fast. It’s time for Alaska gardeners to try hügelkultur.," 26 Dec. 2019 L’Oréal Paris Summer Bell Collection Glowing Lip Gloss, $9.99; walmart.com Best Eyeliner: Milani Stay Put Eyeliner Thanks to its supersaturated pigments, this kohl liner is transfer-resistant, sweat-proof and waterproof. Kami Phillips, PEOPLE.com, "PEOPLE Beauty Awards: Best Makeup Products of 2019," 20 Nov. 2019 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

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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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“Kohl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kohl. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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