\ 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 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

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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 15 Jun. 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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