from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A preparation, such as powder or a skin cream, designed to beautify the body by direct application.
- noun Something superficial that is used to cover a deficiency or defect.
- adjective Serving to beautify the body, especially the face and hair.
- adjective Serving to modify or improve the appearance of a bodily feature, defect, or irregularity.
- adjective Decorative rather than functional.
- adjective Lacking depth or significance; superficial.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Pertaining to beauty; beautifying; improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the complexion. Also
- noun 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.
- noun The art of anointing or decorating the human body, as with toilet preparations, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Any external application intended to beautify and improve the complexion.
- adjective Imparting or improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the complexion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
Externalor superficial; pertaining only to the surfaceor appearanceof something.
- noun Any substances applied to enhance the external color or texture of the
skin, e.g. lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner; makeup.
- noun A
featureexisting only on the surface.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a toiletry designed to beautify the body
- adjective serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose
- adjective serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
In fact, even the term cosmetic dentists was virtually new to me.
You know, irregulars, what they call cosmetic blemished items used to account for a real large percentage of what was sold at outlets.
Mohamed ElBaradei, a leading opposition figure, expressed support for continued protests and condemned what he called "cosmetic change" in government as an "insult to the revolution."
Suzanne Smith, (D-Hebron) wants the state government to regulate the use of weed and insect control products to limit what she calls cosmetic use.
The fellow works closely with physicians who specialize in cosmetic surgery and with additional oculoplastic surgeons.
Interaction with different services at the Center for Human Appearance at both the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides an opportunity for learning "cutting edge" techniques involving concepts in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
He represents triangulation resulting in cosmetic solutions.
OASIS will initially focus on certifying ingredients used in cosmetic/personal care products but will likely branch out to include sustainable practices and packaging.
Officially, the FDA has this to say about the phrase: A cosmetic is considered misbranded if its safety has not adequately been substantiated, and it does not bear the following conspicuous statement on the PDP:
She's an announcer on the Soap Channel, with a good voice, but bad taste in cosmetic surgery.