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

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Other Words from sunscreen

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

Examples of sunscreen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2018, the supermodel said her secret to looking and feeling good is soaking up good old fashion Vitamin D — while wearing sunscreen, of course. Hanna Flanagan,, "Supermodel Elle Macpherson, 56, Posts Cheeky Bikini Photos on Instagram," 7 Sep. 2020 Wearing sunscreen every day—yes, every single day—will help protect you from UV damage and therefore prevent the parts of your skin that are already tan from continuing to get tan. Alexandra Samuel, SELF, "How to Get Rid of Tan Lines—Without Any More Sun Exposure," 10 July 2020 And physicians generally recommend wearing sunscreen when outside during daylight hours. Karen Kwon, Scientific American, "How to Protect Yourself during Protests," 26 June 2020 And while there are a slew of skin care products made for acne-prone skin — sunscreen, Differin gel and salicylic acid — washing your brushes can help prevent the spread of acne-causing bacteria in the first place. NBC News, "Best makeup brush cleaner 2020: How to clean makeup brushes," 13 Nov. 2020 But there is something else dermatologists recommend across the board to get dark spots under control: sunscreen. Marci Robin, Allure, "The 13 Best Dark Spot Correctors," 12 Nov. 2020 Often Applying sunscreen in the morning, and forgetting to reapply after time spent in the sun is a rookie mistake. Marianne Mychaskiw, Good Housekeeping, "4 All-Star Skin Tips From a Professional Golfer," 9 Nov. 2020 Film festival fans don’t usually cart coolers, drinks, collapsible chairs, blankets or sunscreen to screenings, but 2020 is definitely not a normal year — even for film buffs. Will Coviello,, "The New Orleans Film Fest presents outdoor screenings in Mid-City and more Nov. 6-15," 2 Nov. 2020 There are very few truly universal beauty tips (besides drinking water and wearing sunscreen), but everything Smith says throughout the 16-minute video feels resonant. Sarah Midkiff,, "Sam Smith Just Revealed Hair Transplant Surgery: “It’s Been A Touchy Place For Me”," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of sunscreen

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sunscreen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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 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


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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