Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study or art of cosmetics and their use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the science of cosmetics
  • n. the profession of a cosmetologist or beautician

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A treatise on the dress and cleanliness of the body.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the practice of beautifying the face and hair and skin

Etymologies

French cosmétologie : cosmétique, cosmetic; see cosmetic + -logie, -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From cosmetics +‎ -ology. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And making college-bound kids take two years of cosmetology is just as dumb as making career-bound kids take two years of college prep courses.

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  • For Nakeisha Kaine, 18, who is helping her mother raise her teenage brother Sirterryon, food stamps are putting meals on the table as she pursues her education in cosmetology.

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  • WHEN I met Scott, I was somewhere between the before and after picture - in a no man's land called cosmetology school.

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  • Many of the programs were ones without as much job demand, even though some remain popular with students, such as cosmetology and jewelry making, May said.

    EducationNews.org

  • That's just not a part of the body I'd want to perform "cosmetology" on someone.

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  • Several career-technical education classes that require courses to be taken in sequence, such as cosmetology, will be offered at the college's Community Education Center campus.

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  • Most of the county's traditional CTE courses, such as cosmetology and machine technology, are offered at Christiansburg High School.

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  • $3,400 is needed to complete the "cosmetology" program review.

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  • The Center for Human Appearance, which includes cosmetology, hair transplant and laser programs, provides a unique opportunity for learning cosmetic surgical principles and working with the oculoplastic surgeons in the University group.

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  • After graduating in 1984, she studied cosmetology.

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