cheekbone

noun cheek·bone \ ˈchēk-ˌbōn \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of cheekbone

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

Examples of cheekbone in a Sentence

  1. He suffered a broken cheekbone.

  2. She has high cheekbones, like her father.

Recent Examples of cheekbone from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cheekbone.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of cheekbone

15th century

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

CHEEKBONE Defined for English Language Learners

cheekbone

Definition of cheekbone for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

cheekbone

noun cheek·bone \ ˈchēk-ˈbōn, -ˌbōn \

medical Definition of cheekbone

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cheekbone? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of the same or a similar kind or nature

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • spring-flowers
  • Which is a synonym of raillery?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!