an·​kle | \ ˈaŋ-kəl \

Definition of ankle

1 : the joint between the foot and the leg also : the region of this joint
2 : the joint between the cannon bone and pastern (as in the horse)

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She was fitted with an ankle monitor and released to home confinement. Fox News, "'Affluenza' teen's mom released on bond," 18 Oct. 2018 The others are released to relatives or on their own, many with an ankle monitor and a court date to appear for their asylum hearing after their stay here. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Inside a Texas Detention Facility for Immigrant Families," 10 Aug. 2018 Sligh was ordered to wear an ankle monitor following that arrest. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Actor convicted of child molestation in Cherokee County," 13 July 2018 Another 17 have been released, usually on bond and with ankle monitors, and reunited with their children. Lomi Kriel, San Antonio Express-News, "Half of migrants under 5 reunited with parents, though rest remain ‘ineligible’," 12 July 2018 The immediate concerns for the parents, however, now also include figuring out daily life with an ankle monitor. Annie Correal, New York Times, "‘Mi Amor!’: Tearful Scenes as Immigrant Reunions Begin in New York," 11 July 2018 She was released Monday on $1,500 bond without an ankle monitor., "Some migrant children are reunited with parents as Trump administration misses court deadline," 11 July 2018 The parents will be free while their cases wind through immigration court, and they're expected to be required to wear ankle monitors, AP reports. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Feds say just 4 of 102 young migrant kids reunited with parents as court deadline looms," 10 July 2018 The parents will be free while their cases wind through immigration court, which can take years, and may be required to wear ankle monitors. Author: Elliot Spagat, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal judge denies Trump administration’s request to indefinitely detain families," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of ankle

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ankle

Middle English ankel, from Old English anclēow; akin to Old High German anchlāo ankle

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The first known use of ankle was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of ankle

: the joint where the foot joins the leg


an·​kle | \ ˈaŋ-kəl \

Kids Definition of ankle

1 : the joint between the foot and the leg I broke my ankle.
2 : the area containing the ankle joint


an·​kle | \ ˈaŋ-kəl \

Medical Definition of ankle

1a : the joint between the foot and the leg that constitutes in humans a ginglymus joint between the tibia and fibula above and the talus below

called also ankle joint

b : the region of the ankle joint
2 : the joint between the cannon bone and pastern (as in the horse)

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to gather or build up little by little

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