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Definition of lotion

: a liquid preparation for cosmetic or external medicinal use

Examples of lotion in a Sentence

a bottle of suntan lotion
Recent Examples on the Web The kits contained toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, body lotion, and kids’ adhesive bandages. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Oct. 29," 29 Oct. 2020 Lightfoot explains that pedestal sinks, which offer no under-sink storage and limited ledge space for things like hand soap and lotion, can easily and fairly inexpensively be replaced with a vanity — even in rentals. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "Expert ideas to maximize space in a small bathroom," 16 Sep. 2020 Nourishing eye creams and lip scrubs are top of mind as winter settles in, but while the face is important, the hunt for the best body lotion should be a top priority, too. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Body Lotions to Try this Winter," 6 Nov. 2020 The new body lotion is available in three scents — Avocado & Apple, Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo and Cucumber & Melon — and costs just under $6 a bottle. Gideon Grudo, NBC News, "New & Notable: Latest products from Ninja, Otterbox, H&M and more," 19 Oct. 2020 Through the work, women have become business executives, salespeople, marketers, and outreach directors, as well as candle and lotion makers. Beth Thames, al, "Virtual event honors women who have made a difference," 14 Oct. 2020 From there, Hicks-Graham was inspired to create LivSo, a three-step hair-care system of shampoo, conditioner, and scalp lotion that gently treats dry skin while leaving hair hydrated. Crystal Martin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Black Scientists, Doctors, and Entrepreneurs Changing The Beauty Industry," 7 Oct. 2020 Oh, and don't forget a body lotion, such as CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($19, Ulta) for aftercare. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 8 Best Body Exfoliators for Your Smoothest, Most Youthful-Looking Skin," 7 Oct. 2020 The Hawaiian Tropic lotion sunscreen performed quite well, but not as well as its spray-bottle counterpart. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "The best sunscreens of 2020," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

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“Lotion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lotion. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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


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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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