Meaning of COSMETIC in English


adj. & n.

adj. 1 intended to adorn or beautify the body, esp. the face. 2 intended to improve only appearances; superficially improving or beneficial (a cosmetic change). 3 (of surgery or a prosthetic device) imitating, restoring, or enhancing the normal appearance.

n. a cosmetic preparation, esp. for the face. cosmetically adv.

[ F cosmétique f. Gk kosmetikos f. kosmeo adorn f. kosmos order, adornment ]

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