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Origin of lipstick

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; lip + stick1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of lipstick

Historical Examples of lipstick

  • The young bucks shake a heel and the girls put on their lipstick.

  • She will spend her last dollar for a permanent and lipstick.

  • "While my lipstick, properly used, is also becoming," she went on.

  • She had let down her hair, tied it with a ribbon, and she'd put on a gay smear of lipstick.

    Sugar Plum

    Reginald Bretnor

  • She needed no rouge or lipstick in any case to lend it color.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass

    Thomas K. Holmes

British Dictionary definitions for lipstick


  1. a cosmetic for colouring the lips, usually in the form of a stick
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Word Origin and History for lipstick

1880, from lip (n.) + stick (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper