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  1. a preparation for cleansing, as a liquid or powder for scouring sinks, bathtubs, etc., or a cream for cleaning the face.
  2. a person or thing that cleanses.
  3. Chiefly Eastern New England. a dry-cleaning establishment.
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Origin of cleanser

before 1000; Middle English; Old English clǣnsere; see cleanse, -er1
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Related Words for cleanser

detergent, deodorant, purifier, soap, abrasive, cathartic, suds, polish, antiseptic, purgative, lather, fumigant, scourer, abstergent

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Historical Examples of cleanser

  • The mrǵras, or cleanser of the night, the white cat, is the moon.

    Zoological Mythology (Volume II)

    Angelo de Gubernatis

  • The temples grow tawdry and foul and must be cleansed, and, let me remind you, the cleanser has always come out of the desert.'

    Prester John

    John Buchan

  • Bahuchet hastily made a bundle of the doublet and breeches, took it under his arm, and started for the cleanser's.

  • This will completely absorb any of the cleanser which may have permeated the rubber, and thus minimise any injurious effect.

    Practical Lithography

    Alfred Seymour

  • After the superfluous turpentine or other cleanser has been wiped off, dust over the blanket with French chalk.

    Practical Lithography

    Alfred Seymour

British Dictionary definitions for cleanser


  1. a cleansing agent, such as a detergent
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Word Origin and History for cleanser


1520s, "a purgative;" 1560s, "one who cleans," agent noun from cleanse (v.). Meaning "thing that cleanses" is from late 14c. Old English had clænsere "priest."

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