Etymology
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sunscreen (n.)

1738 as an object to block the sun's rays, from sun (n.) + screen (n.). As a type of lotion applied to the skin, by 1954.

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Definitions of sunscreen

sunscreen (n.)
a cream spread on the skin; contains a chemical (as PABA) to filter out ultraviolet light and so protect from sunburn;
Synonyms: sunblock / sun blocker
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