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
Recent Examples of sunscreen from the Web
Wear a wide brim hat and sunscreen and put on mosquito repellent.
Volunteer John Smith, 88, his nose white with sunscreen, sits behind Shanklin in his own seat, but Shanklin is in control.
Parker Probe Plus will wearing more than a little sunscreen for this journey.
However, Consumer Reports recommended only using chemical-containing sunscreens.
But according to a nonprofit organization, more than 70 percent of sunscreens on the market either don’t work or contain harmful ingredients, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.
The series, which ran on NBC and in ubiquitous syndication through the 1990s, bequeathed a rich legacy of wet-suit fashion, Jet Ski safety and sunscreen awareness.
Try UNSUN, a sunscreen line developed by Katonya Breaux (singer-songwriter Frank Ocean's mom).
Smarter SPF Hot and humid conditions can make sunscreen feel heavy.
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First Known Use of sunscreen
SUNSCREEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sunscreen for English Language Learners
: a lotion that you put on your skin to prevent sunburn by blocking out some of the sun's rays
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Definition of sunscreen for Students
: a preparation applied to the skin to prevent sunburn usually by chemically absorbing the sun's ultraviolet radiation
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