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See also: Facelift and face lift


Alternative forms[edit]


From face +‎ lift.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfeɪsˌlɪft/
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facelift (plural facelifts)

  1. Plastic surgery to the face to remove wrinkles, fat or various signs of aging.
    Hypernym: facioplasty
    Related terms: noselift
    • 2007 October 6, Polly Vernon, “The facelift king of America”, in The Observer[1]:
      You thought face-lifts were over? Killed off by a combination of Botox, and fear of winding up looking somewhat bride-of-Wildenstein? No! On the contrary, the face-lift is enjoying a renaissance, following the introduction of newer and newer techniques involving smaller scars and shorter recuperation periods.
  2. (by extension) Any activity undertaken to renew, revamp, update, or improve the appearance of something.
    Coordinate term: makeover
    The old building will get a facelift with new paint, carpet, and decoration.
    • 1984 July 22, Shawn G. Kennedy, “Bergdorf's Facelift”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      Early in September the “gift box” that has hidden Bergdorf Goodman's Fifth Avenue entrance since March is due to come off, revealing the results of a six-month facelift.
    • 2007 July 3, Angelique Chrisafis, “Designers prepare Les Halles for a facelift”, in The Guardian[3]:
      But, after years of legal-wrangling and architectural debate, the modernist Les Halles complex in central Paris is finally on course for a facelift.

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facelift (third-person singular simple present facelifts, present participle facelifting, simple past and past participle facelifted)

  1. To perform a facelift upon.
    • 1954 May 3, Meyer Berger, “About New York”, in The New York Times[4], →ISSN:
      With Four Years' Soot Swept Up, Face-Lifted Brooklyn Bridge Is Ready for Public [subheading]
    • 1990 July 8, Julian More, “The Second Cemetery of Paris”, in The New York Times[5], →ISSN:
      It's a mere block from the junction of the Boulevards Montparnasse and Raspail, still one of the liveliest spots in town with its legendary cafe-restaurants, Le Select, Le Dome and La Coupole, the latter recently facelifted from its old seediness.


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Borrowed from English facelift.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfeːs.lɪft/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: face‧lift


facelift m (plural facelifts, diminutive faceliftje n)

  1. A facelift (remodelling of a face, facade, front or general appearance of someone or something).