lo·​tion ˈlō-shən How to pronounce lotion (audio)
: 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 Tweens are particularly enamored with Sol de Janeiro, a body spray and lotion brand with at least seven scents that has gone viral on TikTok. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, 7 July 2024 Of course, sunburns do happen, so adding aloe or cooling lotion to your bag is a smart choice too. Allison Palmer, Sacramento Bee, 27 June 2024 In typical Paula’s Choice fashion, this is powerful, yet gentle—whipping the two potent ingredients, plus peptides, into a lightweight lotion suitable for all skin types. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 26 June 2024 The problem, according to people like content creator Blake Rayfield (who’s since canceled her Equinox membership in response to the product switch), is that body cleanser and conditioner are arguably necessary for thoroughly showering post-workout, whereas lotion can be more easily skipped. Erica Sloan, SELF, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for lotion 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Lotion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lotion. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


lo·​tion ˈlō-shən How to pronounce lotion (audio)
: a liquid preparation for use as a cosmetic or as a medicine on the outside of the body

from Latin lotion-, lotio "act of washing," from lotus, past participle of lavere "to wash" — related to laundry, lavatory, lavish

Medical Definition


lo·​tion ˈlō-shən How to pronounce lotion (audio)
: a liquid usually aqueous medicinal preparation containing one or more insoluble substances and applied externally for skin disorders
: 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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