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Meaning of COSMETIC

Pronunciation:  kâz'metik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a toiletry designed to beautify the body
  2. [adj]  serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body; "cosmetic surgery"; "enhansive makeup"
  3. [adj]  serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose; "cosmetic fenders on cars"; "the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative"

COSMETIC is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: aesthetic, aesthetical, cosmetics, decorative, enhancive, esthetic, esthetical, nonfunctional, ornamental
 See Also: depilator, depilatory, epilator, highlighter, makeup, make-up, nail enamel, nail polish, nail varnish, toilet article, toiletries, toiletry, war paint



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cos*met"ic\ (k?z-m?t"?k), Cosmetical \Cos*met"ic*al\
    (-?-kal), a. [Gr. kosmitiko`s skilled in decorating, fr.
    ko`smos order, ornament: cf. F. cosm['e]tique. See {Cosmos}.]
    Imparting or improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the
    complexion; as, a cosmetical preparation.
          First, robed in white, the nymph intent adores, With
          head uncovered, the cosmetic powers.     --Pope.
  2. \Cos*met"ic\, n.
    Any external application intended to beautify and improve the