ton·​er ˈtō-nər How to pronounce toner (audio)
: one that tones or is a source of tones: such as
: a substance (such as a thermoplastic powder) used especially to develop an image (such as a latent xerographic image) on a piece of paper
: a liquid cosmetic for cleansing the skin and contracting the pores
: a solution used to impart color to a silver photographic image

Examples of toner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, every single product is $20 or below, and the line sets you up with all the steps for a simple and effective morning and evening routine: cleansers, serums, moisturizers, toners, masks and sunscreen. Erin Lassner, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2024 Brother also offers an EZ Refresh subscription option, which the company says can save 50% on toner costs. PCMAG, 30 Apr. 2024 The versatile ingredient list makes this toner a great option for combination skin. Alena Hall, Verywell Health, 5 Feb. 2024 The quick how-to videos can show the best way to mix and match spring sweaters and jeans or the order in which to apply toner, serums, moisturizers and sunscreen in a morning skin care routine. Julie Creswell, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 What is the purpose of a hydrating toner or essence? Deanna Pai, Vogue, 13 Mar. 2024 The pouch containing the refill toner uses 90% less plastic than the toner bottles. Dana Leigh Smith, Glamour, 13 Oct. 2023 Steer clear of strong fragrances, scrubs, toners, and astringents. Cindy Kuzma, Health, 16 Mar. 2024 Now toner usually refers to liquid formulations geared toward oily skin that's in need of gentle exfoliation and resurfacing. Sarah Y. Wu, Glamour, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toner was in 1888

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“Toner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


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

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