[fey-shuh l]


of the face: facial expression.
for the face: a facial cream.


a treatment to beautify the face.

Origin of facial

1600–10; 1910–15 for def 3; < Medieval Latin faciālis. See face, -al1
Related formsfa·cial·ist, nounfa·cial·ly, adverb
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of or relating to the face


a beauty treatment for the face, involving cleansing, massage, and cosmetic packs
Derived Formsfacially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for facial

c.1600, "face to face," from French facial, from Medieval Latin facialis "of the face," from facies (see face (n.)). Meaning "of the face" is from 1818. The noun meaning "beauty treatment for the face" is from 1914, American English.

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facial in Medicine




Relating to the face.
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