Definition of cosmetic in English:

cosmetic

Line breaks: cos|met¦ic
Pronunciation: /kɒzˈmɛtɪk
 
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adjective

1Relating to treatment intended to restore or improve a person’s appearance: cosmetic surgery
More example sentences
  • Reconstructive surgery corrects defects or restores function, while cosmetic surgery enhances or improves a person's normal appearance.
  • You've thought about having cosmetic nose surgery, but you're unsure if this procedure is for you.
  • Most cosmetic plastic surgeries are paid upfront by the patient.
Synonyms
beautifying, improving, non-medical; non-essential, inessential, not required, gratuitous, optional
1.1Serving to improve the appearance of the body, especially the face: cosmetic creams
More example sentences
  • Confidence in one's own body, going beyond cosmetic appearance, is necessary for this.
  • Their offerings run the whole spectrum, edibles, medicinals, but most important from a cottage industry perspective, the body care and cosmetic market.
  • However, body kits are merely cosmetic alterations.
Synonyms
2Affecting only the appearance of something rather than its substance: the reform package was merely a cosmetic exercise
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  • We are concerned that this might be a cosmetic exercise rather than dealing with the real issues.
  • Most of the damage is cosmetic rather than structural, but many hotels may not reopen until the end of the year when the busy Christmas season starts.
  • The agenda set by those who participated struck me as a desire for a more cosmetic makeover rather than a radical change for newspapers to make them more relevant to all ages.
Synonyms

noun

(usually cosmetics) Back to top  
A preparation applied to the body, especially the face, to improve its appearance: the range covers everything from the latest cosmetics to skin and hair care
More example sentences
  • Castor oil is also used in the preparation of cosmetics, especially kajal and lipsticks.
  • A valuable medicinal tree, it is also used in the preparation of most herbal cosmetics.
  • Recycled liquid fuel is made from liquids created in the manufacture of everyday products like paint and cosmetics.
Synonyms
make-up, beauty products, beauty aids
informal warpaint, face paint, paint, slap

Origin

early 17th century (as a noun denoting the art of beautifying the body): from French cosmétique, from Greek kosmētikos, from kosmein 'arrange or adorn', from kosmos 'order or adornment'.

Derivatives

cosmetically

adverb
More example sentences
  • Essential oils will penetrate to the epidermis (bottom layer of skin) to exert their beneficial effects, and work cosmetically to help slow the aging process.
  • During its operation as a function centre, night spot and disco, it has been looked after cosmetically, but beneath the surface expensive restoration work is necessary.
  • As always, extreme makeover or not, if you're not happy with who you are on the inside, cosmetically changing the outside will never make up for it.

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