Meaning of COSMETIC in English


— cosmetically , adv.

/koz met"ik/ , n.

1. a powder, lotion, lipstick, rouge, or other preparation for beautifying the face, skin, hair, nails, etc.

2. cosmetics , superficial measures to make something appear better, more attractive, or more impressive: The budget committee opted for cosmetics instead of a serious urban renewal plan.


3. serving to beautify; imparting or improving beauty, esp. of the face.

4. used or done superficially to make something look better, more attractive, or more impressive: Alterations in the concert hall were only cosmetic and did nothing to improve the acoustics.

[ 1595-1605; kosmetikós relating to adornment, equiv. to kosmet ( ós ) adorned, arranged (verbid of kosmeîn, deriv. of kósmos order, arrangement) + -ikos -IC ]

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