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[fey-shuh l] /ˈfeɪ ʃəl/
of the face:
facial expression.
for the face:
a facial cream.
a treatment to beautify the face.
Origin of facial
1600-10; 1910-15 for def 3; < Medieval Latin faciālis. See face, -al1
Related forms
facialist, noun
facially, adverb Unabridged
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  • But all the musical, ocular, and facial beauties are absent from writing.

  • Joe Mauser's facial expression indicated that he had expected this.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The original sketch is a slight outline study in pen-and-ink of the figures only, the facial expressions being cleverly rendered.

    Dickens and His Illustrators Frederic G. Kitton
  • The Surgeon's facial muscles were too well trained to feel any strain.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • The gestures, the sudden change of position, and the facial expression reveal the innermost soul of each disciple.

    The Syrian Christ Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
British Dictionary definitions for facial


of or relating to the face
a beauty treatment for the face, involving cleansing, massage, and cosmetic packs
Derived Forms
facially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for facial

c.1600, "face to face," from French facial, from Medieval Latin facialis "of the face," from facies (see face (n.)). Meaning "of the face" is from 1818. The noun meaning "beauty treatment for the face" is from 1914, American English.

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facial in Medicine

facial fa·cial (fā'shəl)
Relating to the face.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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