A cosmetic is defined as a product that adds beauty to the body or hair.(noun)
An example of a cosmetic is a lipstick.
The definition of cosmetic is relating to the body or the outside.(adjective)
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.
See cosmetic in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Gr kosmētikos, skilled in arranging < kosmein, to arrange, adorn < kosmos, order
See cosmetic in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: French cosmétique
Origin: , from Greek kosmētikos, skilled in arranging
Origin: , from kosmētos, well-ordered
Origin: , from kosmein, to arrange
Origin: , from kosmos, order.
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