- a powder, lotion, lipstick, rouge, or other preparation for beautifying the face, skin, hair, nails, etc.
- cosmetics, superficial measures to make something appear better, more attractive, or more impressive: The budget committee opted for cosmetics instead of a serious urban renewal plan.
- serving to beautify; imparting or improving beauty, especially of the face.
- used or done superficially to make something look better, more attractive, or more impressive: Alterations in the concert hall were only cosmetic and did nothing to improve the acoustics.
Origin of cosmetic
Examples from the Web for cosmetic
PG has been used in more than 4,000 food, beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products for more than 50 years.
Propylene glycol is used for a variety of industrial, cosmetic, and food production uses.
She said pageant contents are just the most visible product of the cosmetic industry now at risk.Venezuela Now Has Toilet Paper but No Breast Implants
September 16, 2014
It can lead to all types of cosmetic and functional issues down the road which are difficult if not impossible to reverse.Beware the Designer Vagina
July 25, 2014
On second thought, maybe I will contact that cosmetic dentist.The New World of Anti-Aging Dentistry
June 4, 2014
Turmeric powder as a cosmetic wash for the face is also not in vogue.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
It had been pasted, as a label, on the lid of some box of cosmetic.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1
It is a cosmetic which makes homeliness graceful and winning.'Boy Wanted'
The flypapers I bought with the intention of using the solution as a cosmetic.Poison Romance and Poison Mysteries
C. J. S. Thompson
Frank went to the table and came back with the cosmetic set.Deadly City
Paul W. Fairman
- any preparation applied to the body, esp the face, with the intention of beautifying it
- serving or designed to beautify the body, esp the face
- having no other function than to beautifycosmetic illustrations in a book
- derogatory designed to cover up a greater flaw or deficiency; superficialtheir resignation is a cosmetic exercise
Word Origin and History for cosmetic
c.1600, "art of beautifying," from Latinized form of Greek kosmetike (tekhne) "the art of dress and ornament," from fem. of kosmetikos (see cosmetic (adj.)). Meaning "a preparation for beautifying" attested from 1640s (now often cosmetics).
1640s, from French cosmétique (16c.), from Greek kosmetikos "skilled in adornment or arrangement," from kosmein "to arrange, adorn," from kosmos "order" (see cosmos). Figurative sense of "superficial" is from 1955. Related: Cosmetically.
- A preparation, such as powder or a skin cream, designed to beautify the body by direct application.
- Serving to beautify the body, especially the face and hair.
- Serving to modify or improve the appearance of a physical feature, defect, or irregularity.