cheek·​bone | \ ˈchēk-ˌbōn How to pronounce cheekbone (audio) \

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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This kooky-looking device from MDNA Skin (yes, that's Madonna's brand) massages away puffiness and makes our cheekbones magically reappear. Harper's BAZAAR, "BAZAAR's 2019 Anti-Aging Awards," 4 Mar. 2019 Some contouring skills would come in handy to help achieve Teddy’s chiseled nose, chin and cheekbones. Bethonie Butler, The Seattle Times, "8 last-minute pop-culture Halloween costumes for 2018," 29 Oct. 2018 Burgundy lips and a blunt cheekbone contour tied it altogether. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Selena Gomez, SZA, and More," 24 Mar. 2019 Pay special attention to the cheekbone space near your ear and don't be afraid to add a touch of your favorite highlighter as the finishing touch. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "What Nars's Orgasm Blush Looks Like on 17 Different Skin Tones," 16 Oct. 2018 On July 4, Jones allegedly used a brick to beat Rodriguez, who is recovering from two broken ribs, a broken cheekbone and bruising across much of his body, the statement says. Chris Harris,, "California Woman Arrested After Allegedly Beating Man, 92, and Telling Him 'Go Back to Mexico'," 12 July 2018 Just dip in a fluffy brush, then swirl along the highest points of your face—forehead, chin, cheekbones, and along the bridge of your nose. 7. Hannah Morrill, Marie Claire, "These Are the Exact Products You Need for the Glowiest Skin of Your Life," 30 June 2016 The glam squad arrived backstage to swiftly transform—sweeping her hair into a dance party-ready low ponytail and adding a shimmer of highlighter on cheekbones to give the Golden Hour singer a lit-from-within glow. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How Kacey Musgraves Got Ready for the Grammy Awards," 11 Feb. 2019 Tone suffered from a concussion, a broken nose and a fractured cheekbone. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Former '50s star Barbara Payton endured a tragic downfall involving drug abuse, alcoholism," 16 Aug. 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 How to pronounce cheekbone (audio) \

Medical Definition of cheekbone

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

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