from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A preparation, such as powder or a skin cream, designed to beautify the body by direct application.
- n. Something superficial that is used to cover a deficiency or defect.
- adj. Serving to beautify the body, especially the face and hair.
- adj. Serving to modify or improve the appearance of a physical feature, defect, or irregularity: cosmetic surgery.
- adj. Decorative rather than functional: cosmetic fenders on cars.
- adj. Lacking depth or significance; superficial: made a few cosmetic changes when she took over the company.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. External or superficial; pertaining only to the surface or appearance of something.
- n. Any substances applied to enhance the external color or texture of the skin, e.g. lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner; makeup.
- n. A feature existing only on the surface.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Imparting or improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the complexion.
- n. Any external application intended to beautify and improve the complexion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to beauty; beautifying; improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the complexion. Also cosmetical.
- n. Any preparation that renders the skin soft, pure, and white, or helps or professes to be able to help to beautify or improve the complexion.
- n. The art of anointing or decorating the human body, as with toilet preparations, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a toiletry designed to beautify the body
- adj. serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose
- adj. serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body
French cosmétique, from Greek kosmētikos, skilled in arranging, from kosmētos, well-ordered, from kosmein, to arrange, from kosmos, order.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κοσμητική (kosmetike) "the art of dress and ornament", from κοσμητής (kosmetes) "orderer, director, decorator", from κοσμέω (kosmeo) "to order, to arrange, to rule, to adorn, to equip, to dress, to embellish". (Wiktionary)