an·​kle | \ ˈaŋ-kəl How to pronounce ankle (audio) \

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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Altuzarra and Balenciaga also offered eye-catching ankle grazers. Carla Guler, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 8 Fall Trends to Shop Now," 14 Aug. 2019 Take ankle socks, which when worn with sandals are a simple way to transition between summer and fall. Vogue, "Fall Is Coming and It’s Time to Upgrade Your Sock Drawer," 14 Aug. 2019 Those extra inches between the hem of your skirts/jeans/dresses and ankle of your shoes have never looked better. Teen Vogue, "16 Socks To Wear With Your Back-To-School Shoes," 14 Aug. 2019 The first would have been to rest Luck's ankle in hopes the irritation in the area would subside. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "It's not the problem, but Andrew Luck's injury begs the question: What is an os trigonum?," 14 Aug. 2019 Still out are Dee Ford (knee), Nick Bosa (ankle), Ronald Blair (groin) and D.J. Jones (left knee). Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers camp: Beathard thumb injury again could clear up QB race," 13 Aug. 2019 Young was signed after Shon Coleman, the 49ers’ primary backup offensive tackle, sustained a broken fibula and dislocated ankle on Saturday in the preseason opener against Dallas. Eric Branch,, "Mullens or Beathard? 49ers’ Shanahan not saying, but choice appears obvious," 12 Aug. 2019 Marie and Devon — the would-be lovers — arrive at the hospital to treat Marie’s bum ankle. Travis Deshong, Washington Post, "In the age of ear buds and audiobooks, they want to be the voices in your head," 12 Aug. 2019 Only black shoes are allowed and in an affront to the current vogue for bare ankles, socks are mandatory. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 18 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce ankle (audio) \

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 How to pronounce ankle (audio) \

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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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