sun·​screen | \ ˈsən-ˌskrēn \

Definition of sunscreen

1 : a screen to protect against sun
2 : a preparation (such as a lotion) applied to the skin to prevent sunburn (as by chemically absorbing ultraviolet radiation) also : its active ingredient (as benzophenone) — compare sunblock

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Other Words from sunscreen

sunscreening \ ˈsən-​ˌskrē-​niŋ \ adjective

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The solution, in this case, is a piece of cake: wear sunscreen! Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "6 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Blotchy — And How to Fix It," 13 Dec. 2018 An attempt by Wing to deliver Starbucks in the US was wound down after a couple of months, while Amazon has been quiet since its delivery of sunscreen to a robotics conference in 2017. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Alphabet’s Wing is launching a free 10-minute drone delivery service in Finland," 5 Dec. 2018 The number one way to prevent free radical damage to our skin is to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, which protects cells from the negative effects of UVA and UVB rays. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "The Best Antioxidants for Skin, According to Dermatologists," 8 Nov. 2018 Day Two: Saturday 8 a.m.: Slap on some sunscreen and slip on walking shoes. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 That’s your cue to really slather on that sunscreen every two hours please. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Steamy and wet at times today, but a cold front’s going to deliver a spectacular weekend," 6 July 2018 Prevention also listed their best reef-safe sunscreens here. Eileen Reslen, Popular Mechanics, "Hawaii Bans Sunscreens That Hurt Coral Reefs," 6 July 2018 So slather on the sunscreen, sink your toes into the sand or soft grass, and dig in to these new books. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "What to Read This Summer," 14 June 2018 According to the National Weather Service, Saturday promises to be mostly sunny, with a high of around 80 degrees, so slather on that sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Christina Prignano,, "Everything you need to know for the 2018 Boston Pride Parade," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of sunscreen

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sunscreen was in 1738

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English Language Learners Definition of sunscreen

: a lotion that you put on your skin to prevent sunburn by blocking out some of the sun's rays


sun·​screen | \ ˈsən-ˌskrēn \

Kids Definition of sunscreen

: a preparation applied to the skin to prevent sunburn usually by chemically absorbing the sun's ultraviolet radiation


sun·​screen | \ -ˌskrēn \

Medical Definition of sunscreen

: a preparation (as a lotion) applied to the skin to prevent sunburn (as by chemically absorbing ultraviolet radiation) also : its active ingredient (as benzophenone) — compare sunblock

Other Words from sunscreen

sunscreening adjective

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