A woman applies an emollient to her skin.
- The definition of emollient is something that is softening or soothing to the skin, or is someone or something intended to soothe.
- Aloe cream that you put on sunburned skin is an example of an emollient cream.
- An approach to resolving conflict intended to create a peace treaty that will end a war between two fighting countries is an example of an emollient approach.
- Emollient is defined as a substance that softens or soothes the skin.
A lubricant found in lipstick or hand lotion that causes your skin to become softer is an example of an emollient.
Origin of emollientClassical Latin emolliens, present participle of emollire, to soften ; from e- out + mollire, to soften ; from mollis, soft: see mill
- Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.
- Making less harsh or abrasive; mollifying: the emollient approach of a diplomatic mediator.
- An agent that softens or soothes the skin.
- An agent that assuages or mollifies.
Origin of emollientLatin &emacron;molli&emacron;ns, &emacron;mollient-, present participle of &emacron;moll&imacron;re, to soften : &emacron;-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex– + moll&imacron;re, to soften (from mollis, soft; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots).
(comparative more emollient, superlative most emollient)