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Definitions for cosmetic
kɒzˈmɛt ɪkcos·met·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cosmeticadjective

    a toiletry designed to beautify the body

  2. cosmetic, decorative, ornamentaladjective

    serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

    "cosmetic fenders on cars"; "the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative"

  3. cosmetic, enhanciveadjective

    serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body

    "cosmetic surgery"; "enhansive makeup"


  1. cosmeticnoun

    Any substances applied to enhance the external color or texture of the skin, e.g. lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner; makeup.

  2. cosmeticnoun

    A feature existing only on the surface.

  3. cosmeticadjective

    External or superficial; pertaining only to the surface or appearance of something.

    Fortunately, the damage to the house was mostly cosmetic and a bit of paint covered it nicely.

  4. Etymology: From Ancient Greek κοσμητική (kosmetike) "the art of dress and ornament", from κοσμητής (kosmetes) "orderer, director, decorator", from κοσμέω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cosmeticadjective

    alt. of Cosmetical

  2. Cosmeticnoun

    any external application intended to beautify and improve the complexion

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cosmetic

    koz-met′ik, adj. improving beauty, esp. that of the complexion.—n. a preparation for beautifying the skin and hair.—adj. Cosmet′ical.—adv. Cosmet′ically.—v.t. Cosmet′icise.—n. Cosmet′icism. [Gr. kosmētikoskosmeinkosmos, order.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A new face-maker. From Grk. _kosmos_, order, and Eng. _medic_, or doctor,--ordered by the doctor. (See Complexion.)

Editors Contribution

  1. cosmetic

    High class ayurvedic skin care product brand

    Submitted by anonymous on August 30, 2021  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cosmetic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cosmetic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of cosmetic in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Silletti:

    I couldn't imagine living every day and waking up and wondering why I have the wrong organs, i just couldn't. But these folks have been, and now I understand what a relief it must be to have the organs you believe you need, and I don't see that as any way' cosmetic.'.

  2. Peter Cardillo:

    Apple is holding back the averages, another factor is we have a huge rally in (Treasury) yields, the 10-year is up substantially. Those two factors are holding back the market and dampening the enthusiasm that some kind of cosmetic trade deal is on its way.

  3. Mohammad Ismail Kawusi:

    Most surgeons who perform heart, kidney and other surgeries carry out cosmetic surgeries too.

  4. Charles Elson:

    That change is seemingly cosmetic in nature, he will still control the composition of the board.

  5. Chris Craft:

    This is the biggest season for us for cosmetic surgery, we've stockpiled for that and that's not going to happen, so we need to do our part to see if we can help those who are on the front lines for us.

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    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
    • A. loom
    • B. render
    • C. cleave
    • D. elaborate

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