: 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 His large eyes were lined with kohl, and his lips were painted a moist pink. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 Floods reveal artifacts Other products previously unearthed in Egypt and the Middle East and studied by archaeologists have included black kohl eyeliners and lighter-colored compounds used as eye shadows or foundations. Katie Hunt, CNN, 18 Mar. 2024 The methods of preparing and applying kohl have also reflected the region’s diverse cultural landscapes. Zahra Hankir, CNN, 29 Feb. 2024 And their valuing of the products of kohl is so profound. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Dec. 2023 The eye is the main focus with a taupe beige shadow to contour, some kohl eyeliner and a metallic shimmer. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 5 Dec. 2023 The eyeliner was also easy to smoke out with a small smudge brush, but not as mobile as the cream shadow, which ensured that the kohl liner would stay put throughout the night. Lindsey Metrus, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 Translated, that means a lesson in layering, so start by lining your lash line with a black kohl liner before applying a powder shadow on top of a dark cream pigment base to give it maximum staying power and intensity. Georgia Day, Vogue, 18 Oct. 2023 In general, the later kohl crops are harvested, the more likely the slugs will share them with you. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Arabic kuḥl

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kohl was in 1799

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“Kohl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kohl. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a cosmetic used by women especially in Arabia and Egypt to darken the edges of the eyelids

Biographical Definition


biographical name

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

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