Meaning of COSMETIC in English


■ adjective

1》 relating to treatment or products intended to improve a person's appearance.

2》 affecting only the appearance of something: the reform package was merely a ~ exercise.

■ noun (usu. ~s ) a ~ preparation, especially for the face.


~ally adverb


C17: from Fr. cosmétique , from Gk kosmētikos , from kosmein 'arrange or adorn', from kosmos 'order or adornment'.

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