nail file


: a small narrow instrument (as of metal or cardboard) with a rough or emery surface that is used for shaping fingernails

Examples of nail file in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This luxury grooming kit includes 16 stainless steel grooming tools, including various nail clippers, tweezers, nail files, scissors, and more. Jessica Comstock, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Jan. 2024 Moss recommends leaving a basket in the bathroom or guest room closet with all the things a visitor might forget to bring, such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, body lotion, shaving cream, a mini sewing kit, hair dryer, nail file, even nail polish and polish remover. Kathryn O'Shea-Evans, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2023 Most press-on nail packs come with a nail file; put it to use to get the most seamless fit possible. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 15 Dec. 2023 Ready for anything, the Micra is small enough to fit on a keychain and features 10 tools: a knife, scissors, bottle opener, Philips screwdriver, ruler, nail cleaner, nail file, tweezers, medium screwdriver, and an extra-small screwdriver. Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Aug. 2023 Celebrity nail artist Queenie Nguyen says that a nail technician will first use a coarse nail file to remove the shiny top layer and roughen up the surface. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 27 Nov. 2023 While tearing out some floorboards inside a 30,000-square-foot former elementary and junior high school last summer, crews found a light pink plastic clutch full of notes, a handkerchief, a nail file, pencils, photos, a mini diary and a calendar dating back to April 1959. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Oct. 2022 This set includes all the nail prep essentials: nail file, nail buffer, nail clipper, clean up brush, and a nail polish remover pot. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Sep. 2023 Say you’re completely surrounded by the clutter of your life: picture frames, clothing hangers, records, nail files. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nail file was in 1862

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“Nail file.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

nail file

: a small flat file (as of metal or cardboard) that is used for shaping fingernails
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