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[klen-zer] /ˈklɛn zər/
a preparation for cleansing, as a liquid or powder for scouring sinks, bathtubs, etc., or a cream for cleaning the face.
a person or thing that cleanses.
Chiefly Eastern New England. a dry-cleaning establishment.
Origin of cleanser
before 1000; Middle English; Old English clǣnsere; see cleanse, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cleanser
  • Wash your hands with soap or antibacterial cleanser to prevent infection.
  • Indoors, dusting the ash off furniture left scratches that looked as though they had been caused by kitchen cleanser.
  • From the moment you use the nourishing cleanser, your skin feels softer.
  • The exfoliating cleanser was gentle but worked really well, and the anti-aging mist was really lovely.
  • Let's be grateful for a palate cleanser then, and look forward to the next course.
  • Perhaps someone else here can give the chemistry behind this hand-made cleanser.
British Dictionary definitions for cleanser


a cleansing agent, such as a detergent
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Word Origin and History for cleanser

1520s, "a purgative;" 1560s, "one who cleans," agent noun from cleanse (v.). Meaning "thing that cleanses" is from late 14c. Old English had clænsere "priest."

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