semipermanent

adjective

semi·​per·​ma·​nent ˌse-mē-ˈpər-mə-nənt How to pronounce semipermanent (audio)
ˌse-ˌmī-,
-mi-,
-ˈpərm-nənt
: lasting or intended to last for a long time but not permanent

Examples of semipermanent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Available in 13 shades, Richards says the semipermanent color adds a bit of dimension and deep-conditions courtesy of babassu oil, a multitasking natural ingredient that also softens and boosts shine. Mary Honkus, Glamour, 7 Mar. 2024 Beginning in June 2022, Ephemeral teamed up with doctors at Henry Ford Health in Detroit to study the safety and efficacy of Ephemeral’s semipermanent ink on 15 cancer patients with a diverse range of skin tones. Devon Abelman, Allure, 26 July 2023 The dye molecules aren’t embedded in the hair, which means a semipermanent dye will continue to wash out with each shampoo. Myranda Mondry, Allure, 11 Mar. 2023 Demipermanent hair color is like semipermanent dye’s cousin that has a bit more staying power. Myranda Mondry, Allure, 11 Mar. 2023 Demipermanent hair color is a little more permanent than semipermanent color but less permanent than permanent color. Myranda Mondry, Allure, 11 Mar. 2023 The contest is held in a cluster of semipermanent tents in a parking lot behind Caesar's Palace on the Las Vegas strip. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Jan. 2022 According to colorist and Bleach London cofounder Alex Brownsell, Jovovich’s specific tone is behind the brand’s Tangerine Dream, a bright-auburn semipermanent dye that recently eclipsed its popular Rosé, a candy-floss pink, as its best-selling product. Lauren Valent, Vogue, 6 Aug. 2021 Though the global pandemic has had much worse consequences, closures — temporary or semipermanent — of archives and museums to the public and furloughs or layoffs of their employees has shown how valuable these institutions and their staffers are to local history research. ExpressNews.com, 26 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semipermanent was in 1881

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“Semipermanent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semipermanent. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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