- The definition of cosmetic is relating to the body or the outside.
An example of cosmetic used as an adjective is in the phrase "cosmetic repairs on a car," which means repairs that relate to the way the car looks.
- A cosmetic is defined as a product that adds beauty to the body or hair.
An example of a cosmetic is a lipstick.
- beautifying or designed to beautify the complexion, hair, etc.
- for improving the appearance by the removal or correction of blemishes or deformities, esp. of the face
- of or for improving the appearance without making any basic changes, as to conceal defects, make more acceptable, etc.; also, superficial
Origin of cosmeticClassical Greek kosm?tikos, skilled in arranging from kosmein, to arrange, adorn from kosmos, order
- any cosmetic preparation for the skin, hair, etc., as blush or powder
- anything cosmetic: often used in pl.
- A preparation, such as powder or a skin cream, designed to beautify the body by direct application.
- Something superficial that is used to cover a deficiency or defect.
- Serving to beautify the body, especially the face and hair.
- Serving to modify or improve the appearance of a bodily feature, defect, or irregularity: cosmetic therapy.
- a. Decorative rather than functional: cosmetic fenders on cars.b. Lacking depth or significance; superficial: made a few cosmetic changes when she took over the company.
Origin of cosmeticFrench cosmétique from Greek kosmētikos skilled in arranging from kosmētos well-ordered from kosmein to arrange from kosmos order
(comparative more cosmetic, superlative most cosmetic)
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".