What does cosmetic mean?

Definitions for cosmetic
kɒzˈmɛt ɪkcos·met·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cosmetic(adj)

    a toiletry designed to beautify the body

  2. cosmetic, decorative, ornamental(adj)

    serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

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

  3. cosmetic, enhancive(adj)

    serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body

    "cosmetic surgery"; "enhansive makeup"


  1. cosmetic(Noun)

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

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

  2. cosmetic(Noun)

    A feature existing only on the surface.

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

  3. cosmetic(Adjective)

    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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cosmetic(adj)

    alt. of Cosmetical

  2. Cosmetic(noun)

    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.)

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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. 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.

  2. Lee Green:

    The biggest advantage with obsidian is that it is the sharpest edge there is, it causes very little trauma to tissue, it heals faster and more importantly it heals with less scarring, it makes for the best cosmetic outcome.

  3. 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.

  4. Heather Hironimus:

    To me, it's not worth it to put my son's life at risk for a cosmetic procedure.

  5. 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.

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