Definition 2022



See also: make up, make-up, and Make-up


Alternative forms


makeup (usually uncountable, plural makeups)

  1. (uncountable) An item's composition.
    To understand how a nuclear reactor works, we must first look at its makeup.
  2. (uncountable) Cosmetics; colorants and other substances applied to the skin to improve its appearance.
    She is wearing a lot of makeup.
  3. (manufacturing) Replacement; material used to make up for the amount that has been used up.
    • 2005, William C. Whitman, William M. Johnson, John A. Tomczyk, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology, page 1208:
      When the water level drops, the float ball drops with it and opens the valve to the makeup water supply.

Usage notes

The alternative spelling make-up is favored by the Oxford Dictionary, and thus is often considered to be British, while makeup, being preferred by Merriam Webster's dictionary, is the generally accepted American spelling. [1]


  • See also Wikisaurus:toiletry



  1. In reference with Jean-Claude Corbeil/Ariane Archambault: Visual Dictionary, Look up a Word from a Picture, Find the Picture from a Word. (New York, USA / Oxford, UK, 1987)