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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This lotion is infused with olive oil and rosemary, and is free of fragrances, sulfates, colorants and harsh chemicals. Nicole Forsyth, The Mercury News, "Dollars and Pets: Paw, nose and ear protection," 5 Sep. 2019 In addition, complimentary sunscreen lotion will be available at the TriHealth first aid stations near sections 110, 125 and 411. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "It's hot in Cincinnati. Here's how to stay safe and cool off," 18 July 2019 After drying off, use a lotion or oil to hydrate your legs. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "How to Shave Your Legs Perfectly," 30 June 2019 Next, cut a lemon in half and rub on the area for about five minutes per elbow, pat dry and use lotion on your elbows. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Added advice for Alaska RV trip," 21 June 2019 My go-to is the Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid because the thick, lotion-like fluid makes my skin incredibly dewy and moist. Devon Abelman, Allure, "This Powerful Vitamin C Treatment Helped Me Get the Glass Skin of My Dreams," 19 Mar. 2019 Araoz contends that the secretary would page or email her directly to come to the mansion and, upon arriving, the maid would leave towels and lotions out and order Araoz to get changed in the bathroom. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Accuser sues Jeffrey Epstein and details alleged co-conspirators' tactics to lure her: "The trap was set"," 14 Aug. 2019 Slaughter had attempted to wash the body, putting a lotion-like substance and salt on the body in an attempt to destroy the evidence, according to the news release. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "DNA on a bratwurst connected Aurora murder suspect to crime," 13 Aug. 2019 Start by finding a natural replacement for your daily sunscreen, hand soap, body lotion/wash, and deodorant. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of lotion was in the 15th century

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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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