cheek·​bone | \ˈchēk-ˌbōn \

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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There was Dan, life-size, laughing, his trademark dimples and high cheekbones. S. Kirk Walsh, Longreads, "From One Friendship, Lessons on Life, Death, AIDS and Childlessness," 22 Jan. 2018 Their faces, however, kept focusing ahead as if on the classroom mirror, with no lift of the eyes and cheekbones. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "The Changing Shape of American Ballet Theater," 5 July 2018 Next up Miller moves onto foundation, using a stick formula in two shades to highlight the center of her face and chisel out her forehead and cheekbones. Allie Fasanella, Allure, "Watch Mayhem Miller of Drag Race Apply Her Full Face of Makeup In This Mind-Blowing Video," 3 July 2018 Her hair was styled in a loose, textured half-up ‘do — a hairstyle she’s never been seen wearing before! — with what appear to be freshly trimmed, angles framing her cheekbones. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Meghan Markle Debuts New Half-Up Hairstyle (and Possible Haircut!) During Wedding Preparations," 17 May 2018 Place the color on the center of your forehead, the top of the cheekbones, and lightly down the jawline. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "How To Contour and Highlight Your Face Like A Total Pro," 18 Apr. 2018 Instead of a heavy contour, create definition with bronzer (like Armani's Sun Fabric Bronzer) by tracing the shape of a three from the temple to the cheekbone to the chin and add an illuminator or blush (or both) to the apples of the cheeks. Meg Storm, Town & Country, "The 10 Dos and Don'ts of Bridal Beauty," 4 Oct. 2016 Robbie even boasts Queen Elizabeth's coveted high cheekbones!, "Margot Robbie & Saoirse Ronan's Orange Wigs Alone Are Oscar-Worthy In Mary Queen Of Scots Trailer," 12 July 2018 Priyanka Chopra wears her medium length hair with long, face-framing layers, which highlights her prominent cheekbones. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "49 Classic Haircuts That Look Amazing at Any Age," 8 July 2018

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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 \

Medical Definition of cheekbone 

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

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