Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

depilatory

[dih-pil-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
adjective
  1. capable of removing hair.
Show More
noun, plural de·pil·a·to·ries.
  1. a depilatory agent.
  2. such an agent in a mild liquid or cream form for temporarily removing unwanted hair from the body.
Show More

Origin of depilatory

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin dēpilātōrius < Latin dēpilā(re) (see depilate) + -tōrius -tory1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for depilatory

Historical Examples of depilatory


British Dictionary definitions for depilatory

depilatory

adjective
  1. able or serving to remove hair
Show More
noun plural -ries
  1. a chemical that is used to remove hair from the body
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for depilatory

adj.

c.1600, from French dépilatorie (adj.), from Latin depilatus "having one's hair plucked," from de- "completely" (see de-) + pilatus, past participle of pilare "deprive of hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)). Earlier in same sense was Depilative. As a noun from c.1600, from French dépilatorie (n.).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

depilatory in Medicine

depilatory

(dĭ-pĭlə-tôr′ē)
adj.
  1. Having the capability to remove hair.
Show More
n.
  1. A preparation in the form of a liquid or cream that is used to remove unwanted hair from the body.epilatory
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.