kohl

noun
\ ˈkōl How to pronounce kohl (audio) \

Definition of kohl

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

Examples of kohl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Moroccan kohl powder used for enhancing their eyes created the most dramatic result. Jackie Fields, PEOPLE.com, 14 May 2021 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, 13 Dec. 2019 But unibrows were actually considered alluring for both sexes, and were often accentuated with kohl. Marianna Cerini, CNN, 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, 3 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 10 June 2019 See More

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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 25 May. 2022.

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Kohl biographical name

\ ˈkōl How to pronounce Kohl (audio) \

Definition of Kohl

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

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