- 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 cosmetically
She wears little makeup, her eyebrows are groomed, and her bust has not been cosmetically enhanced.Vegas' Mystery Sex Blog
March 24, 2010
- 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 cosmetically
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.