What does cosmetic mean?

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


  1. cosmetic

    Cosmetics are substances or products designed to enhance or alter the appearance or fragrance of the body. They typically include a broad range of materials such as lipstick, mascara, foundation, nail polish, perfume for personal care or beauty purposes. They can be applied to the face, hair, or skin. They may also be intended for use as skincare products to cleanse or protect the skin. Cosmetics can also refer to procedures that individuals undergo to modify or improve their physical appearance.

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. State Farm:

    Our customers choose where their vehicles are going to be repaired. We provide information about our Select Service program while at the same time making it clear they can select which shop will do the work. most companies offer a choice to consumer. Any sort of aftermarket part that you might hear about are usually cosmetic parts.

  2. Gilles Yabi:

    Ghazouani is someone who is very discreet. It could well happen that the change is not merely cosmetic.

  3. U. S. Government Study On The Labeling Of Children:

    The term "learning disability" has appeal because it implies a specific neurological condition for which no one can be held particularly responsible, and yet it escapes the stigma of mental retardation. There is no implication of neglect, emotional disturbance, or improper training or education, nor does it imply a lack of motivation on the part of the child. For these cosmetic reasons, it is a rather nice term to have around.

  4. John Clements:

    If prescribed by an eye care professional and used as directed, most of these lenses are relatively harmless, the most devastating damage occurs when someone gets these lenses over-the-counter for cosmetic use and abuses the lens. This behavior can lead to severe eye infections that may cause blindness.

  5. The FDA:

    We are aware that certain device manufacturers may be marketing their energy-based medical device for vaginal' rejuvenation' and/or cosmetic vaginal procedures, the safety and effectiveness of energy-based medical devices to perform these procedures has not been established.

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