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Assorted cosmetics and tools.

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From French cosmétique, from Ancient Greek κοσμητική (kosmētikḗ, the art of dress and ornament), from κοσμητικός (kosmētikós), an adjective of κοσμέω (kosméō, to order, to arrange, to rule, to adorn, to equip, to dress, to embellish).

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cosmetics pl (plural only)

  1. Preparations applied externally to change or enhance the beauty of skin, hair, nails, lips, and eyes.
  2. The way something looks; superficial appearance.
    • 2004, Lewis Sorley, Vietnam Chronicles: The Abrams Tapes, 1968-1972, page 194:
      In the great fishbowl that we're doing everything in it's kind of unfortunate, but the cosmetics of the thing are more important than what's accomplished — in a great many ways.

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cosmetics (uncountable)

  1. The study of such products.

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