sunscreen

noun
sun·​screen | \ ˈsən-ˌskrēn How to pronounce sunscreen (audio) \

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

Other Words from sunscreen

sunscreening \ ˈsən-​ˌskrē-​niŋ How to pronounce sunscreen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sunscreen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look to Habit for new sunscreen with anti-aging benefits at 30% off sitewide using code HABITHOLIDAY from November 25 to 29. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 26 Nov. 2021 His host mother is all safari shorts and spaghetti-strap tops, baseball caps and mineral sunscreen. Hurmat Kazmi, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 Whatever the reason, visitors should remember to take water with them and wear a hat and sunscreen when wandering among the carvings to ponder their meaning. Dimitris Sideridis, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and light clothing. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2021 The boy also urged others to bring essentials with them when hiking, including a pocket knife, flashlight, first aid kit, rain gear, extra food, water, clothing, sunscreen, fire-starting essentials and a map of the area with a compass, CNN reported. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 17 Nov. 2021 Over the past year, Valisure tests have found benzene in everyday consumer products like sunscreen, antifungal sprays and most recently, antiperspirant sprays. NBC News, 10 Nov. 2021 Here are the signs: suddenly inquiring if everyone in your family put on their sunscreen today. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Beiersdorf recalled some Coppertone sunscreen sprays in September. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of sunscreen

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Nov 2021

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More Definitions for sunscreen

sunscreen

noun

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

sunscreen

noun
sun·​screen | \ ˈsən-ˌskrēn How to pronounce sunscreen (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunscreen

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

sunscreen

noun
sun·​screen | \ -ˌskrēn How to pronounce sunscreen (audio) \

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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