cheek·bone | \ ˈchēk-ˌbōn \

Definition of cheekbone 

: the prominence below the eye that is formed by the zygomatic bone also : zygomatic bone

Examples of cheekbone in a Sentence

He suffered a broken cheekbone. She has high cheekbones, like her father.

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Robbie even boasts Queen Elizabeth's coveted high cheekbones!, "Margot Robbie & Saoirse Ronan's Orange Wigs Alone Are Oscar-Worthy In Mary Queen Of Scots Trailer," 12 July 2018 Priyanka Chopra wears her medium length hair with long, face-framing layers, which highlights her prominent cheekbones. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "49 Classic Haircuts That Look Amazing at Any Age," 8 July 2018 And the blush that comes up so high on the cheekbone up by the temple? Djuna Bel, Glamour, "It's Time to Give '80s Beauty Another Shot," 28 June 2018 Lastly, Priscilla highlighted Rihanna's cheekbones with a touch of pearly beige Killawatt, and set the entire look with some matte setting powder for a flawless finish. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Wears Glowy Makeup and Red Lipstick to Ocean’s 8 London Premiere," 14 June 2018 Known around the globe for her colorful, matte lips and extreme highlighted cheekbones, Kylie Jenner could be deemed the ultimate makeup risk taker. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Goes Makeup Free For Her Latest Vacation Selfie With Stormi," 2 May 2018 While some had a bit of contour on the lip, others had highlighted cheekbones. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Scenes From Christopher Bailey’s Emotional Final Burberry Show," 18 Feb. 2018 With cheekbones higher than Oprah’s credit limit and a smile that could light up the darkest of rooms, Whitney was stunning. Billboard, "6 Reasons Whitney Houston Is an Inspiration & Icon to the LGBTQ Community," 11 July 2018 The small blackheads that have appeared on my cheekbones since going on birth control turn into craters, waiting to be dug out. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "My Acne-Picking Habit Has Changed Me in Unexpected Ways," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of cheekbone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cheekbone

: a bone of the face that is located below the eye


cheek·bone | \ ˈchēk-ˈbōn, -ˌbōn \

Medical Definition of cheekbone 

: the prominence below the eye that is formed by the zygomatic bone also : zygomatic bone

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