from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A medicated liquid for external application.
  • n. Any of various externally applied cosmetic liquids.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A low- to medium-viscosity topical preparation intended for application to unbroken skin.
  • n. A washing, especially of the skin for the purpose of beautification.
  • v. To cover or treat with a lotion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A washing, especially of the skin for the purpose of rendering it fair.
  • n. A liquid preparation for bathing the skin, or an injured or diseased part, either for a medicinal purpose, or for improving its appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A washing; particularly, a washing of the skin.
  • n. A fluid preparation, wash, or cosmetic applied to the skin, especially the skin of the face, for the purpose of rendering it smooth, soft, or fair.
  • n. In pharmacy, a liquid holding in solution various medicinal substances, applied externally to stimulate action, to relieve pain, etc.
  • n. Drink (humorously conceived as a ‘wash’ or ‘remedy’).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin
  • n. any of various cosmetic preparations that are applied to the skin


Middle English locion, from Old French lotion, from Latin lōtiō, lōtiōn-, a washing, from lōtus, past participle of lavere, to wash; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lotio ("a washing"), from lavo ("to wash"); see lave. (Wiktionary)



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