Borrowed from Old French lotion, from Latin lotio, lotionem (“a washing”), from lavo (“to wash”); see lave.
lotion (usually uncountable, plural lotions)
- A low- to medium-viscosity topical preparation intended for application to unbroken skin.
- (archaic) A washing, especially of the skin for the purpose of beautification.
ointment that one rubs on the skin
- cream (generally a bit thicker than a lotion)
lotion (third-person singular simple present lotions, present participle lotioning, simple past and past participle lotioned)
- (transitive) To cover or treat with a lotion.
- 2005, Ryan Phillips, Fall from Grace (page 52)
- Grace lotions her arms and legs and joins him in the large walk-in closet where they change out of their clothes and into their pajamas—loose-fitting cotton bottoms for Mike and a lace-trimmed baby doll nightie for Grace.
- 2011, Jeanne Starr Gater, Bring Back Summertime (page 89)
- I would finish my daily ranging session by lotioning his legs, and lotioning and rubbing his feet.