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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Her cheekbones, a genetic gift from mom Cindy Crawford, appear even higher with the shorter, A-line shape. Meagan Fredette,, "Kaia Gerber Chopped Her Hair Into A Bob — & It's So On Trend For Summer," 10 June 2019 Grace Elizabeth is down right angelic, with her high, prominent cheekbones and mega-watt smile which has brought her not only commercial success but prominence in the world of high fashion. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Grace Elizabeth Is Now a Victoria's Secret Angel," 10 Apr. 2019 And just a few years ago, the reigning Instagram aesthetic involved heavy makeup and contouring, a technique popularized by Kim Kardashian West that uses shading to create the impression of sharper cheekbones and more angular features. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "Why getting dewy skin became a global obsession," 24 July 2019 Instead, the Aeropex rely on fingertip-sized transducers to push sound through the left and right sides of your cheekbones. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Aftershokz’s Aeropex are refined bone conduction headphones with most of the same snags," 23 July 2019 Every eyelid and cheekbone radiated Black girl magic and glowing confidence. Candace Hasan And Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Makeup Trends Were A Beauty Must At This Year’s Essence Festival," 8 July 2019 Eva was knocked unconscious and sustained multiple injuries including a broken wrist, nose, and cheekbone. Fox News, "Road rage attack victim says he wants to 'see the idiot who did this to me'," 25 June 2019 Today Shane will paint one more of these women, her eyes large and cheekbones prominent, her expression somber. Laura Newberry,, "In a tiny California town ravaged by fire, a muralist finds a calling — and notoriety," 18 June 2019 Lady Gaga, our lady of prosthetic cheekbones and heels while hiking, has solidified a new phase of her style evolution. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Wore Less Than $50 Worth of Makeup on Her 'Vogue' Cover," 10 Sep. 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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