from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.
- adj. Making less harsh or abrasive; mollifying: the emollient approach of a diplomatic mediator.
- n. An agent that softens or soothes the skin.
- n. An agent that assuages or mollifies.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something which softens or lubricates the skin.
- n. Anything soothing the mind, or that makes something more acceptable.
- adj. Moisturizing.
- adj. Soothing or mollifying.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Softening; making supple; acting as an emollient.
- n. An external something or soothing application to allay irritation, soreness, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Softening; making soft or supple; serving to relax the solids of anything.
- n. A therapeutic agent or process which softens and relaxes living tissues, as a poultice or massage. The word was formerly applied to the so-called demulcents.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
- n. toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
Latin ēmolliēns, ēmollient-, present participle of ēmollīre, to soften : ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + mollīre, to soften (from mollis, soft; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin emolliēns, present active participle of ēmolliō ("make soft"), from e- + molliō, from mollis ("soft"). (Wiktionary)