[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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Contemporary Examples of facially

Historical Examples of facially

  • Physically he seemed nearly as much out of order as facially.


    Henry Morford

  • It is a rare thing for two men to be facially alike, and no two men are ever equal in all respects.

  • The females have no snout development and some of them facially very much resemble a bull terrier.

  • He looked at Aurora with smiling scrutiny, and facially expressed a vast appreciation.

  • She positively struck light herself—she was literally, facially luminous.


    Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for facially



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 facially



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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facially in Medicine




Relating to the face.
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