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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The rippling panels join the clattery Cyclone, screaming teenagers, scent of suntan lotion and swarms of sea gulls picking at scraps of hot dog buns. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharkitecture!," 28 June 2018 Repel With a Plant A lotion or spray containing DEET is your best bet, but be sure to follow the instructions closely. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "5 Effective Ways to Keep Ticks Out of Your Yard," 26 May 2018 For an upcoming post, Ms. Green is planning a video review of a new Johnson’s baby lotion infused with tiny, milled cotton particles. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "Bringing Up Baby’s Market Share at J&J," 27 Oct. 2018 For four years, Koehler has set up displays featuring soaps, lotions and body butters, all Nuluv Goat Milk Products. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Spring Gift Market show offers distraction from Harvey woes," 27 Mar. 2018 Healing oils like lavender, frankincense, thyme, eucalyptus, sweet marjoram, and tea tree can eliminate mucus, relax the body, and calm your cough, says Lohman who suggest adding 15-18 drops in one ounce of unscented lotion. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "4 Genius Ways Essential Oils Can Ease Congestion And Cough Better Than Over-The-Counter Meds," 20 Oct. 2017 Kickstart the habit with one of these face lotions: Zinc oxide blocks rays, while vitamin E and aloe keep skin soft. Yesenia Almonte, Woman's Day, "The Truth About Latinas and Skin Cancer," 24 June 2014 There are a lot more options than your standard hand lotion on store shelves these days, says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Molly Nover-baker, SELF, "11 Treatments That Will Soothe Super Dry Hands This Winter," 26 Dec. 2018 For even tone all over, mix a few drops of foundation with your body lotion and apply it onto the neck and décolletage. Sarah Ferguson, Marie Claire, "3 Spots You're Forgetting About When Getting Ready," 11 Dec. 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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English Language Learners Definition of lotion

: a liquid that is rubbed onto your skin or hair


lo·​tion | \ ˈlō-shən \

Kids Definition of lotion

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


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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