Definition of cosmetic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɒzˈmetɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːzˈmetɪk//
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  1. 1improving only the outside appearance of something and not its basic character These reforms are not merely cosmetic. She dismissed the plan as a cosmetic exercise to win votes.
  2. 2connected with medical treatment that is intended to improve a person’s appearance cosmetic surgery cosmetic dental work
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (as a noun denoting the art of beautifying the body): from French cosmétique, from Greek kosmētikos, from kosmein ‘arrange or adorn’, from kosmos ‘order or adornment’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cosmetic

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