(noun, adjective)


1. serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

- cosmetic fenders on cars

Similar word(s): nonfunctional, decorative, ornamental

2. serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body

- cosmetic surgery

Similar word(s): aesthetic, aesthetical, esthetic, esthetical, enhancive

Sentences with cosmetic as an adjective:

- a cosmetic preparation

- Fortunately, the damage to the house was mostly cosmetic and a bit of paint covered it nicely.


1. a toiletry designed to beautify the body

Definition categories: man–made, toiletry