From French cosmétique, from Ancient Greek κοσμητική (kosmētikḗ, “the art of dress and ornament”), κοσμητικός (kosmētikós), from κοσμητής (kosmētḗs, “orderer, director, decorator”), from κοσμέω (kosméō, “to order, to arrange, to rule, to adorn, to equip, to dress, to embellish”).
- Imparting or improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the complexion.
- a cosmetic preparation
- Alexander Pope
- First, robed in white, the nymph intent adores, / With head uncovered, the cosmetic powers.
- External or superficial; pertaining only to the surface or appearance of something.
- Fortunately, the damage to the house was mostly cosmetic and a bit of paint covered it nicely.
cosmetic (plural cosmetics)
- Any substances applied to enhance the external color or texture of the skin, e.g. lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner; makeup.
- A feature existing only on the surface.
- See also Thesaurus:toiletry