Meaning of COSMETIC in English


I. käz-ˈme-tik adjective

Etymology: Greek kosmētikos skilled in adornment, from kosmein to arrange, adorn, from kosmos order

Date: 1638

1. : of, relating to, or making for beauty especially of the complexion : beautifying

cosmetic salves

2. : done or made for the sake of appearance: as

a. : correcting defects especially of the face

cosmetic surgery

b. : decorative , ornamental

c. : not substantive : superficial

cosmetic changes

3. : visually appealing

• cos·met·i·cal·ly -ti-k(ə-)lē adverb

II. noun

Date: 1650

: something that is cosmetic: as

a. : a cosmetic preparation for external use

b. plural : superficial features

a poem without rhetorical cosmetic s — Guy Davenport

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.