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

Nearby words

  1. cleanliness is next to godliness,
  2. cleanly,
  3. cleanness,
  4. cleanout,
  5. cleanse,
  6. cleansing,
  7. cleansing tissue,
  8. cleanskin,
  9. cleanthes,
  10. cleanup

Origin of cleanser

before 1000; Middle English; Old English clǣnsere; see cleanse, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cleanser



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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