ton·​er | \ ˈtō-nər How to pronounce toner (audio) \

Definition of toner

: one that tones or is a source of tones: such as
a : a substance (such as a thermoplastic powder) used especially to develop an image (such as a latent xerographic image) on a piece of paper
b : a liquid cosmetic for cleansing the skin and contracting the pores
c : a solution used to impart color to a silver photographic image

Examples of toner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the standout offering just might be the Boum Boum Milk, a three-in-one toner, serum, and moisturizer with an innovative creamy spray-on texture that Violette formulated with clean-beauty chemist Luc Jugla. Lindsey Tramuta, Vogue, "Makeup Artist Violette Is Democratizing “French Girl” Beauty With Her Debut Product Line," 30 Mar. 2021 Finding the best toner for combination skin offers a unique challenge. Heather Roy,, "How to use face toner," 27 Mar. 2021 The Protini serum has a milky consistency and no noticeable smell, and readily absorbed into my skin after applying toner. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Drunk Elephant’s New Serum (Actually) Cleared My Maskne," 25 Mar. 2021 The latter just launched an eye cream called Flash Nap Instant Revival Gel Eye Cream to join the brand's cleanser, toner, and moisturizers. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Fenty Hair by Rihanna Coming Soon? Here's What We Know," 10 Mar. 2021 If face makeup or other skincare products (like sunscreen) linger, even after removal and washing, toner is an option. Mallory Pitts,, "How to wash your face the right way," 14 Mar. 2021 These include internet service, ink, toner, supplies, telephone charges, electricity and equipment like a new printer — in a sea change for workers who spent recent decades in office settings. Christopher Keating,, "Should companies be required to subsidize expenses for employees working at home? Connecticut lawmakers debate issue that’s gained traction in pandemic," 5 Mar. 2021 After cleansing, swipe it on like a toner, and the 2 percent salicylic acid will clear away dead skin cells, unclog pores, and smooth over fine lines and wrinkles. Nykia Spradley, Allure, "Paula's Choice Skin Care Is Now Sold at Sephora," 25 Feb. 2021 Furthermore, color toner for laser printers is price-prohibitive. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best laser printer: For the home or for your office," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of toner

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toner

tone entry 2 + -er entry 2

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“Toner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of toner

: a dark powder that is used like ink in machines that print and copy documents
: a liquid that is used to clean and tighten the skin


ton·​er | \ ˈtō-nər \

Medical Definition of toner

: one that tones a muscle toner especially : a liquid cosmetic for cleansing the skin and contracting the pores facial toners

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