• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cosmetic serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body "cosmetic surgery","enhansive makeup"
    • adj cosmetic serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose "cosmetic fenders on cars","the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative"
    • n cosmetic a toiletry designed to beautify the body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Teenage cosmetic surgeries nearly doubled in the USA between 1996 and 1998
    • n Cosmetic Any external application intended to beautify and improve the complexion.
    • a Cosmetic Imparting or improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the complexion; as, a cosmetical preparation. "First, robed in white, the nymph intent adores,
      With head uncovered, the cosmetic powers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Between 1997-2002, there was an increase of 228% in cosmetic procedures in the United States
    • cosmetic Pertaining to beauty; beautifying; improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the complexion. Also cosmetical.
    • n cosmetic Any preparation that renders the skin soft, pure, and white, or helps or professes to be able to help to beautify or improve the complexion.
    • n cosmetic The art of anointing or decorating the human body, as with toilet preparations, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the United States, 8.5 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures were done in the year 2001
    • adj Cosmetic koz-met′ik improving beauty, esp. that of the complexion
    • n Cosmetic a preparation for beautifying the skin and hair
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  • Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    “There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.”
  • Charles Revson
    Charles Revson
    “In the factory we make cosmetics; in the store we sell hope.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. kosmitiko`s skilled in decorating, fr. ko`smos order, ornament: cf. F. cosmétique,. See Cosmos


In literature:

Not only in cosmetics, but doctor bills.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
It was this cosmetic that Birotteau called the Superfine Pate des Sultanes.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)--Continental Europe I" by Various
She felt no further need of cosmetics.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Sleep is the most positive beautifier, the best cosmetic.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
There is no cosmetic for homely folks like character.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
These remedies all have the merit of being harmless, which cannot be said of all cosmetics.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Combs, pins, jars of cosmetic cluttered it.
"Salvage in Space" by John Stewart Williamson
Was little used in ancient households, except for cosmetics.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
There is nothing about her to betray the use of cosmetics or the arts of the toilet.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
The dry cosmetic plastered thick upon her cheeks cracked.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking

In poetry:

I see a day, before we win this war,
When razors — and cosmetics — are no more;
When whiskered bishops will unite in joy
The paintless maiden and the bearded boy.
"Let's Face It" by A P Herbert

In news:

As Fewer People Get Cosmetic Surgery, More Try Frequent Injections, Fillers, Peels.
T he cosmetics trend of using grapes in anti-aging beauty products—what insiders call vinotherapy—keeps growing.
Medicine grapples with "cosmetic neurology ".
Oxford Neurosurgeon Supports Animal Testing for Cosmetics.
How entrepreneur François Vix found a way to carve out a space for GliSODin ingestible cosmetics among more-established brands in France.
Cosmetics and personal care company Arbonne International has officially launched its philanthropic corporate organization in the United States.
According to a report by Wetpaint, they confirmed that Kim had the cosmetic surgery done and her sister Kyle Richards even posted a photo of her sister's new nose on Twitter, which she later removed.
Anwar el-Balkimy, shown before the procedure, was expelled by his party, accused of lying about cosmetic surgery.
Cosmetic procedures have become faster and less painful.
Your snapshots could help ya score a sweet beauty stash from NYX Cosmetics.
We teamed up with NYX Cosmetics for a special #GLgirl contest--and 10 girls will score a Be Fierce or Be Free beauty palette.
NYX Cosmetics, the professional makeup line known for offering "affordable luxury" makeup products, announces two new retail partnerships with Ricky's NYC and Pac Sun.
Scientists report finding evidence of a 100,000-year-old cosmetics/paint workshop for producing a pigmented compound in a South African cave.
Implementation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Research has recently shown that men are purchasing cosmetics, specifically facial creams, that were once thought of as just for women.

In science:

Let K be a prime satel lite knot with a cosmetic crossing circle L of order q .
Generalized crossing changes in satellite knots
Let K be a prime satel lite knot with a cosmetic crossing circle L of order q with |q | ≥ 6.
Generalized crossing changes in satellite knots
Suppose K is a satel lite knot which admits a cosmetic generalized crossing change of order q with |q | ≥ 6.
Generalized crossing changes in satellite knots
Then K admits a pattern knot K (cid:48) which also has an order-q cosmetic generalized crossing change.
Generalized crossing changes in satellite knots
Let K be such a satellite knot with a crossing circle L bounding a crossing disk D which corresponds to a cosmetic generalized crossing change of order q .
Generalized crossing changes in satellite knots