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

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Nothing smarts quite like a sunburn, so use an ocean-friendly sunscreen that'll save your skin and protect the creatures in the water. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Whether you're spending Labor Day on a beach, boat or couch, here's how to stay safe," 29 Aug. 2019 Personal care: Perfumes, makeup, shampoo, deodorant, bath salts, soap, hair clippers, petroleum jelly and sunscreen. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "When new, higher tariffs are scheduled to start on Chinese imports and what may cost more," 23 Aug. 2019 Carabiner, gloves, backpack, hiking shoes, water, snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen? Allen Pierleoni, The Mercury News, "Tahoe adventures: Squaw’s Via Ferrata takes to the peaks," 18 Aug. 2019 Check-in requires signing a waiver, hopping aboard a scale to determine the proper harness, securing loose items either in a locker or with various clips and tethers, filling a reusable water bottle and applying sunscreen and bug spray. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Wild Africa Trek offers in-depth safari adventure," 8 Aug. 2019 Warfighter Hemp displayed its products — including a sunscreen — with high doses of CBD, targeted toward military veterans. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Just chillin': CBD won’t get you high, but it can ease what ails you, vendors say," 3 Aug. 2019 Drink plenty of water, take breaks, wear a hat and sunscreen. Dallas News, "NBC 5 Forecast: Another hot and humid day ahead," 2 Aug. 2019 Even waterproof sunscreen loses its effectiveness after about 80 minutes of swimming. Ramona Sentinel, "Crime Prevention Corner: 5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts for a safe Ramona summer," 24 July 2019 In addition, complimentary sunscreen lotion will be available at the TriHealth first aid stations near sections 110, 125 and 411. Sarah Brookbank,, "It's hot in Cincinnati. Here's how to stay safe and cool off," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of sunscreen

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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