- a powder, as finely powdered antimony sulfide, used as a cosmetic to darken the eyelids, eyebrows, etc.
Origin of kohl
- Hel·mut [hel-moo t] /ˈhɛl mʊt/, born 1930, German political leader: chancellor of West Germany (1982–90); chancellor of Germany 1990–98.
Examples from the Web for kohl
Contemporary Examples of kohl
Her eyes were exaggerated with thick lines of kohl reaching all the way to her temples.Nepal Old and New: Kathmandu Valley’s Royal Cities Get a Facelift
Condé Nast Traveler
August 19, 2013
Earlier this month, Ryan wore a $70 printed dress from Kohl's when Ryan's candidacy was announced.Janna Ryan's Discount Style: Two Talbots Dresses at The Republican National Convention
August 31, 2012
Touches of individuality make a fleeting impression—a dash of kohl and turquoise on a heavily cloaked face.Afghan Women Fear Backsliding As President Karzai Negotiates With Taliban
February 19, 2012
Merkel first broke Kohl's promise in May 2010, with the first $150 billion bailout of Greece.Is Europe's Troubled Marriage Doomed?
November 6, 2011
His eyes were black with kohl, the nightcolored cosmetic that Taliban soldiers wore.When Everything Changed
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
March 11, 2011
Historical Examples of kohl
Her lustrous eyes, heavy with kohl, shone like those of a beast at bay.Halima And The Scorpions
Mr Kohl commences his work with a description of the Islands.
Surely, Mr Kohl, you do not speak from knowledge of the fact!
If you do not approve of their fashions in dress, I suppose that you will adopt their kohl for the eyes.Letters to an Unknown
Take your pencils and your kohl, and make me dark and tanned as a true Syrian!God Wills It!
William Stearns Davis
- a cosmetic powder used, originally esp in Muslim and Asian countries, to darken the area around the eyes. It is usually powdered antimony sulphide
Word Origin for kohl
- Helmut (ˈhɛlmuːt). born 1930, German statesman: chancellor of West Germany (1982–90) and of Germany (1990–98)
"powder used to darken eyelids," 1799, from Arabic kuhl (see alcohol).