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Syllabification: kohl
Pronunciation: /kōl

Definition of kohl in English:


A black powder, usually antimony sulfide or lead sulfide, used as eye makeup especially in Eastern countries.
Example sentences
  • She stood in front of the mirror and applied mascara and kohl to her eyes, blinking a few times.
  • I mean this girl had no makeup on except some lovely kohl around her eyes, and she was just so mesmerizing.
  • For one thing she was wearing rouge on her cheeks and kohl about her eyes.


late 18th century: from Arabic kuḥl.

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