lo·​tion | \ ˈlō-shən How to pronounce lotion (audio) \

Definition of lotion

: a liquid preparation for cosmetic or external medicinal use

Examples of lotion in a Sentence

a bottle of suntan lotion

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The lunar module was equipped with a radio beacon, a knife and two containers of sun lotion. David Shribman, latimes.com, "50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates," 11 July 2019 Some of these items include a six-pack of baby formula for just $62 and a four-pack of skin lotion for extra-dry skin for just $17, which will come in handy for the upcoming winter months. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "You Can Take Advantage of These Amazon Prime Day Deals Right Now," 10 July 2019 The Big Lots discount store was littered with merchandise of all sorts — men's underwear, box fans, headphones, suntan lotion, large plastic bottles of Sprite soda pop and toilet paper to name a few. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "'Scared to death': 7.1 earthquake follows 6.4, leaving Ridgecrest residents fearful, resilient," 6 July 2019 Sidney Sue Howard for Quartz On a spring evening in Los Angeles, Michael Bumgarner, the co-founder of the personal care brand Cannuka, addressed a dinner party of women about cannabidiol—a key ingredient in his company’s lotions, soaps, and balms. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "The first rule of CBD marketing: Don’t mention “cannabis”," 20 June 2019 Powdered sunscreens aren't strong enough to be used instead of a base layer of lotion, but are helpful for touch-ups over makeup throughout the day. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "How to Protect Your Skin From the Sun Like a Dermatologist This Summer," 12 June 2019 This three-piece soap, lotion, cream set will help him restore the most important tools to their original glory. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "19 Inexpensive Father's Day Gifts Your Dad Will Actually Want," 4 June 2019 On the Scent: Carran Tucked into the rocky highlands of the Carran, the Burren Perfumery distills the essence of the surrounding flora into small-batch fragrances, lotions, soaps, and candles. Serena Renner, National Geographic, "Road trip through the Irish countryside’s wild beauty," 12 Mar. 2019 Occasionally, treatment may require a visit to your primary-care physician if the rash spreads across large areas of the body, and shows signs of infection or no improvement within a two-week period despite the use of lotions. Erik Polan, Philly.com, "Q&A: How do I know if I have poison ivy?," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of lotion

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lotion

Middle English loscion, from Latin lotion-, lotio act of washing, from lavere to wash — more at lye

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English Language Learners Definition of lotion

: a liquid that is rubbed onto your skin or hair


lo·​tion | \ ˈlō-shən How to pronounce lotion (audio) \

Kids Definition of lotion

: a creamy liquid preparation used on the skin especially for healing or as a cosmetic


lo·​tion | \ ˈlō-shən How to pronounce lotion (audio) \

Medical Definition of lotion

1 : a liquid usually aqueous medicinal preparation containing one or more insoluble substances and applied externally for skin disorders
2 : a liquid cosmetic preparation usually containing a cleansing, softening, or astringent agent and applied to the skin hand lotion aftershave lotion

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