lotion

noun
lo·​tion | \ˈlō-shən \

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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Humectants are ingredients that draw water (from the air and from the lotion) into skin and in turn, hydrate skin cells. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 The lotion Pruitt's security detail cost $3.5 million in 2017, almost twice the annual price tag to protect his recent predecessors. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Scott Pruitt’s abuses of power, ranked," 7 June 2018 Try applying sunscreen in thick layers, then add thin tissue over the lotion. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be a maker: 5 fun ideas for kid-made projects," 15 Sep. 2017 What became of the lotion from the phase III trial? Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "DNA-Repairing Sunscreen: Legit or Not?," 2 July 2018 The same properties make CBD oil a heck of a massage lotion, too. Meirav Devash, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products," 25 June 2018 This can include suntan lotion, shampoos, body soaps, toothpaste, makeup products, perfumes, nail products and diaper rash cream. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Top 5 calls to Poison Control and what the hotline advises you should do," 18 June 2018 In the silly stunt, both boys are covered head to toe in orange and brown blotches of the bronzing lotion, during which Leo apparently stripped naked and Kyle destroyed a once-white T-shirt. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Toddlers go wild with mom’s self-tanner, make viral mess," 18 June 2018 There are self-tanning lotions that can make your legs pretty (follow the label directions), and with breezy, light summer dresses, pantyhose can be thick and clunky. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Here’s to the U.S. flag!," 13 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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lotion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lotion

: a liquid that is rubbed onto your skin or hair

lotion

noun
lo·​tion | \ˈlō-shən \

Kids Definition of lotion

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

lotion

noun
lo·​tion | \ˈlō-shən \

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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