Definition of emollient noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//iˈmɒliənt//
; NAmE NAmE//iˈmɑːliənt//
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[countable, uncountable] (specialist) a liquid or cream that is used to make the skin soft Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin emollient- ‘making soft’, from the verb emollire, from e- (variant of ex- ‘out’) + mollis ‘soft’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: emollient

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