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Origin of cosmetology

1850–55; < Greek kosmētó(s) adorned, arranged (see cosmetic) + -logy, apparently modeled on French cosmétologie
Related formscos·me·to·log·i·cal [koz-mi-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌkɒz mɪ tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivecos·me·tol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for cosmetologist

hairdresser, cosmetologist, coiffeur, coiffeuse, beautician, shaver

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British Dictionary definitions for cosmetologist


  1. a person skilled or trained in the use of cosmetics and beauty treatments

Word Origin for cosmetologist

C20: a blend of cosmetics + -ologist


  1. the work of beauty therapists, including hairdressing, facials, manicures, etc
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Word Origin and History for cosmetologist

1926, American English, from cosmetology + -ist. Won out over cosmetician.



1855, from French cosmétologie, from Latinized form of Greek kosmetos (see cosmetic) + -ology.

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