[ma-skar-uh; British ma-skahr-uh]
a substance used as a cosmetic to color the eyelashes and eyebrows.
verb (used with object)
to apply mascara to.
Origin of mascara
1885–90; < Spanish: mask; see mask
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a cosmetic substance for darkening, colouring, and thickening the eyelashes, applied with a brush or rod
Word Origin for mascara
C20: from Spanish: mask
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
cosmetic for coloring eyelashes, 1883, mascaro (modern form from 1922), from Spanish mascara "a stain, a mask," from same source as Italian maschera "mask" (see mask (v.)).
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