having the power of softening or relaxing, as a medicinal substance; soothing, especially to the skin: emollient lotions for the face.
an emollient medicine, lotion, salve, etc.
- e·mol·lience, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use emollient in a sentence
Try adding a richly emollient body cream to your daily routine for long-lasting hydration that will leave skin hydrated and fabulous, not dried out, which can enhance fine lines and wrinkles.
Oatmeal is an emollient, which means that it holds moisture against the skin.Healthy SKINvestigation: Uncovering Eczema on Melanated Skin | Steven Psyllos | June 25, 2021 | Essence.com
Rubenstein listened and as an emollient agreed to an in-house investigation.The Latino Fight to Be Included in the Kennedy Center Honors | Sandra McElwaine | November 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
No soft hand of woman smoothed his pillow or relieved the agony of pain and suffering by the timely opiate or emollient.
Ben rushed, and had an emollient; spouted again and was corked; again, and received a neat red-waxen stopper.The Amazing Marriage, Complete | George Meredith
The bowels have been kept open from the 19th, by the occasional use of emollient injections.An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses | William Withering
It was attempted to relieve this induration by emollient fomentations.Four Years in France | Henry Digby Beste
He must have seen that its effect would only be to irritate a spirit needing an emollient.Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia | William Gilmore Simms
British Dictionary definitions for emollient
softening or soothing, esp to the skin
helping to avoid confrontation; calming
any preparation or substance that has a softening or soothing effect, esp when applied to the skin
- emollience, noun
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