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COSMETIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cosmetic mean? 

COSMETIC (noun)
  The noun COSMETIC has 1 sense:

1. a toiletry designed to beautify the body

  Familiarity information: COSMETIC used as a noun is very rare.


COSMETIC (adjective)
  The adjective COSMETIC has 2 senses:

1. serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose
2. serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body

  Familiarity information: COSMETIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COSMETIC (noun)


Sense 1cosmetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A toiletry designed to beautify the body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("cosmetic" is a kind of...):

toilet article; toiletry (an artifact used in making your toilet)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cosmetic"):

depilator; depilatory; epilator (a cosmetic for temporary removal of undesired hair)

highlighter (a cosmetic used to highlight the eyes or cheekbones)

make-up; makeup; war paint (cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance)

nail enamel; nail polish; nail varnish (a cosmetic lacquer that dries quickly and that is applied to the nails to color them or make them shiny)

pencil (a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face)


COSMETIC (adjective)


Sense 1cosmetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

Synonyms:

cosmetic; decorative; ornamental

Context examples:

cosmetic fenders on cars / the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative

Similar:

nonfunctional (not having or performing a function)


Sense 2cosmetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body

Synonyms:

cosmetic; enhancive

Context examples:

cosmetic surgery / enhansive makeup

Similar:

aesthetic; aesthetical; esthetic; esthetical (concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste)


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