the art or profession of applying cosmetics.

Nearby words

  1. cosmetician,
  2. cosmeticize,
  3. cosmetics,
  4. cosmetize,
  5. cosmetologist,
  6. cosmic,
  7. cosmic background radiation,
  8. cosmic dust,
  9. cosmic microwave background,
  10. cosmic noise

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cosmetologist



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

Word Origin for cosmetologist

C20: a blend of cosmetics + -ologist



the work of beauty therapists, including hairdressing, facials, manicures, etc
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