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.
Recent Examples on the Web Marinate in the mineral biophilic pool surrounded by hundreds of plants, or book a restorative acupuncture session, a lymph-draining massage, or a cheekbone-sculpting galvanic facial. April Long, Town & Country, 24 May 2021 In a photo submitted as evidence for the police report, there’s a bruise above Swift’s left eyebrow and a single teardrop seemingly frozen atop her left cheekbone. Jordan Heller, The New Republic, 3 May 2021 Pfeiffer's etched-cheekbone beauty and crack delivery of deWitt's Oscar Wilde-like cracks are perfection. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 Martin posted a candid photo to Instagram last night showing the artist touching a blush brush to a smiling Markle's cheekbone. Megan Decker,, 5 Mar. 2021 However, the new mom and model did try out the ever-trendy curtain bangs last month, opting for a wispy, cheekbone-length fringe to change up her look. Sarah Midkiff,, 28 Jan. 2021 In one case, the city paid out $125,000 when officers allegedly fractured someone’s cheekbone with a flashlight. Mike Hayes, ProPublica, 12 Jan. 2021 Nute’s cheekbone, eye socket, nose, nasal canal and ribs were fractured in the assault, according to the lawsuit. Ashley Remkus |, al, 5 Dec. 2020 Three jailers in northeast Alabama beat a man, breaking his eye socket and cheekbone, according to allegations in a lawsuit filed in federal court this week. Ashley Remkus |, al, 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cheekbone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Cheekbone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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