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
Recent Examples on the Web The shampoo and conditioner are suitable for all hair types and feature strengthening camellia oil; the glycerin soap is moisturizing; and the argan-oil-rich body lotion sinks deep into the skin. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2021 The lightweight lotion is loaded with natural oils and antioxidants, providing excellent skin barrier protection. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 There are no specific treatments for the rash, but experts say a cool bath with baking soda, hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion can help. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 14 June 2021 And having that moment of brushing my teeth and brushing my hair, and putting body lotion or skin care on, is very relaxing. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 29 Apr. 2021 Some may be able to use daily in the form of a cleanser, cream or lotion while more sensitive skin should stick with two to three times weekly. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, 23 Mar. 2021 Look and feel your best with this pampering skincare and makeup kit that includes a hydrating lotion, moisturizer with SPF, eye cream, pink lipstick, lip balm, and a cosmetic bag and matching eye mask. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Oct. 2021 Trademark documents detailed items like lipstick, concealer, mascara, lotion, toner, face masks, and exfoliants. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Muhandiram is the founder and co-CEO of Ayuva Wellness, which sells high-end toiletries like hair care and lotion through Instagram. Declan Harty, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2021

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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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27 Nov 2021

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“Lotion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lotion. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for lotion



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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