cheek·​bone ˈchēk-ˌbōn How to pronounce cheekbone (audio)
: the prominence below the eye that is formed by the zygomatic bone

Examples of cheekbone in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheekbone was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cheekbone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


cheek·​bone ˈchēk-ˈbōn How to pronounce cheekbone (audio)
: the bone or the bony ridge below the eye

Medical Definition


cheek·​bone ˈchēk-ˈbōn, -ˌbōn How to pronounce cheekbone (audio)
: the prominence below the eye that is formed by the zygomatic bone

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