Meaning of COSMETIC in English


cos ‧ met ‧ ic /kɒzˈmetɪk $ kɑːz-/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: Greek ; Origin: kosmetikos 'skilled in decoration' , from kosmein 'to arrange, decorate' , from kosmos ; ⇨ ↑ cosmos ]

1 . dealing with the outside appearance rather than the important part of something SYN superficial :

We’re making a few cosmetic changes to the house before we sell it.

Many MPs denounced the resolution as a cosmetic exercise (=something which will look good, but have no real effect) .

2 . intended to make your hair, skin, body etc look more attractive:

the cosmetic industry

cosmetic products

Are you on the diet for health or cosmetic reasons?

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.