Definition of mascara in English:

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Pronunciation: /maˈskerə/


A cosmetic for darkening and thickening the eyelashes.
Example sentences
  • I put on my blue army bandanna in the bathroom along with my mascara, eyeliner and lip-gloss.
  • My hair was tied up in a ponytail with a ribbon, and my face looked fresh with lip gloss and mascara.
  • When you apply mascara, use eyelash curlers or your ring finger to gently push the lashes upwards for extra curl.



Pronunciation: /maˈskerəd/
Example sentences
  • ‘You’, she chuckled loudly, tears rimming her mascaraed eyes as a hand came up to rest heavily on Chelsea's shoulder.
  • She just flipped her long blonde curls sassily and flirted her ocean blue eyes, which were framed by long, mascaraed eyelashes.
  • Her darkly mascaraed eyes speak of New York City and bohemian lofts.


Late 19th century: from Italian, literally 'mask', from Arabic masḵara 'buffoon'.

  • Acting and clowning are indirectly linked in mascara, from Italian maschera, which goes back to an Arabic word meaning ‘buffoon’. Most of the earliest English uses refer to theatrical make-up, though the first known, from 1886, suggests a more discreet use by gentlemen: ‘For darkening the eyebrows and moustaches without greasing them and making them prominent’. Through Italian maschera mascara is also linked to mask (mid 16th century) and masquerade (late 16th century).

Words that rhyme with mascara

Asmara, Bukhara, carbonara, Carrara, cascara, Connemara, Damara, Ferrara, Gemara, Guadalajara, Guevara, Honiara, Lara, marinara, Nara, Sahara, Samara, samsara, samskara, shikara, Tamara, tiara, Varah, Zara

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Syllabification: mas·car·a

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