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 Stevenson said there were fractures to his skull, cheekbone, nose and jaw. USA Today, "Fractured skulls, lost eyes: Police break their own rules when shooting protesters with 'rubber bullets'," 19 June 2020 The injury left him with 40% of his vision in his left eye and smashed his cheekbone, the lawsuit states. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Civil rights attorneys file lawsuit against Dallas, Chief Hall and Police Department following protests," 11 June 2020 But while Jolie’s prosthetic cheekbones and alarmingly big horns are back and as over-the-top as ever, many critics, including The Times’s Manohla Dargis, found the movie malnourished. New York Times, "What’s on TV," 15 May 2020 Prom might've gotten canceled for @averyyolsen, but she more than made up for it with her golden eye shadow and contoured cheekbones. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Despite Canceled Proms, TikTok Teens Are Pulling out Their Best Formal Beauty Looks," 28 Apr. 2020 What happens to Sorrentino’s project without Law’s cheekbones? Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The New Pope’s Old Magic," 8 Jan. 2020 The scan captures every detail that made the bust so iconic, including Nefertiti’s delicate neck, painted headdress, high cheekbones and sharp eyeliner. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian, "3-D Scans of the Bust of Nefertiti Are Now Available Online," 23 Nov. 2019 To start, Mullin prepped Erivo’s skin with the Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer for a moisturizing base, then used the best-selling Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in various shades to create dimension through her cheekbones and T-zone. Kristin Corpuz, Billboard, "Here Are All the Details Behind Cynthia Erivo's Glamorous 2020 Oscars Look," 10 Feb. 2020 Kardashian naturally applies the with a stick from the KKW Beauty Crème Contour & Highlight Set in the shade medium to her cheekbones, jawline, forehead, and nose. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Watch Kim Kardashian West Share Her At-Home Quarantine Makeup Routine," 9 Apr. 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 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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