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Definition of LOTION

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lo·​tion | ˈlō-shən How to pronounce lotion (audio)

: a liquid preparation for cosmetic or external medicinal use

Examples of lotion in a Sentence

a bottle of suntan lotion

Recent Examples on the Web By thinking ahead and cleaning and collecting items like small lotion bottles, Lim is able to have a stock of potentially useful materials to transform when the opportunity presents itself. — Megan Embrey, House Beautiful, “This Malaysian Artist Turns Real Places Into Miniature Masterpieces,” 10 Dec. 2020 In the skin care and lotion category, the share of L’Oréal Paris dropped, to 4.5% last year from 5.6% in 2014, putting it neck and neck with local brand Pechoin. —, “‘Made in China,’ Once a Badge of Derision, Finds New Fans—in China,” 2 Dec. 2020 Despite its rich texture, Pipette’s lotion is surprisingly lightweight and blends into skin quickly and without irritation. — Angela Trakoshis, Allure, “14 Things Allure Editors Are Spending Our Money on Cyber Monday,” 30 Nov. 2020 Love also recommends this no-frills body lotion, which has more than 4,000 5-star reviews. — Lauren Caruso, CNN Underscored, “The best under-$20 skin care on Amazon, according to derms,” 22 Oct. 2020 The kits are to include handmade cards or letters of encouragement as well as sticky note pads, puzzle/activity books, serving sized snacks, fruit cups, Kleenex, Chap Stick, a pad of paper or journal, hair comb or brush and travel size lotion. — Post-tribune Staff,, “Community news,” 2 Oct. 2020 Kiehl’s featherweight lotion combats dry spots brilliantly with the help of free radical-fighting Vitamin E, while Marc Jacobs’ gel creme moisturizer provides skin with powerful enzymes that target uneven texture and hydration. — Jenna Rennert, Vogue, “The 23 Best Face Moisturizers For All Skin Types in 2020,” 20 Nov. 2020 This body care must-have has a collective 4.3-star rating from more than 6,000 Sephora shoppers, who were seriously impressed by the thick formula of this lotion. — Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, “Sephora’s huge Holiday Savings Event is here with sitewide discounts for all Insiders,” 5 Nov. 2020 The kits contained toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, body lotion, and kids’ adhesive bandages. — Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, “North County School News, Oct. 29,” 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of lotion

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lotion

Middle English loscion, from Latin lotion-, lotio act of washing, from lavere to wash — more at lye

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“Lotion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for lotion

lo·​tion | ˈlō-shən How to pronounce lotion (audio)

Kids Definition of lotion

: a creamy liquid preparation used on the skin especially for healing or as a cosmetic

lo·​tion | ˈlō-shən How to pronounce lotion (audio)

Medical Definition of lotion

1 : a liquid usually aqueous medicinal preparation containing one or more insoluble substances and applied externally for skin disorders

2 : a liquid cosmetic preparation usually containing a cleansing, softening, or astringent agent and applied to the skin hand lotion aftershave lotion

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