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

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Araoz contends that the secretary would page or email her directly to come to the mansion and, upon arriving, the maid would leave towels and lotions out and order Araoz to get changed in the bathroom. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Accuser sues Jeffrey Epstein and details alleged co-conspirators' tactics to lure her: "The trap was set"," 14 Aug. 2019 Slaughter had attempted to wash the body, putting a lotion-like substance and salt on the body in an attempt to destroy the evidence, according to the news release. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "DNA on a bratwurst connected Aurora murder suspect to crime," 13 Aug. 2019 Start by finding a natural replacement for your daily sunscreen, hand soap, body lotion/wash, and deodorant. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 As far as topical treatments go—that means medication that can be directly applied to the skin—corticosteroids that can be applied as a foam, shampoo, cream, gel or lotion are often prescribed. Lambeth Hochwald, Health.com, "4 Things To Know About Scalp Psoriasis, According To Dermatologists," 2 Aug. 2019 Say c'est la vie to sun drama with CeraVe's SPF 50 lightweight oil-free face sunscreen lotion. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "What you need to know about sunscreen — from $8 to, yikes, $300," 5 July 2019 Each box holds one of 18 items such as a stuffed alpaca from Marquam Hill Ranch, a toy racecar from the World of Speed Motorsports Museum, an Oregon Trail-themed hiking guide or goat-milk body lotion from Boring Goats. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Want to win a free trip to Oregon? Look for the Mount Hood pop-up vending machines around Phoenix," 21 June 2019 My sis just went into Mom's bathroom and threw out a bunch of makeup and lotions without asking. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'The cat is your guardian angel'," 25 Jan. 2019 The theory went that people who were already prone to acne for other reasons might be clogging their pores with makeup, creams, or lotions, which then turned into full-blown breakouts. A.a. Newton, SELF, "Here’s How to Tell if Your Skin-Care Products Are Actually Noncomedogenic," 8 Aug. 2019

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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 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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