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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The glam squad arrived backstage to swiftly transform—sweeping her hair into a dance party-ready low ponytail and adding a shimmer of highlighter on cheekbones to give the Golden Hour singer a lit-from-within glow. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How Kacey Musgraves Got Ready for the Grammy Awards," 11 Feb. 2019 Tone suffered from a concussion, a broken nose and a fractured cheekbone. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Former '50s star Barbara Payton endured a tragic downfall involving drug abuse, alcoholism," 16 Aug. 2018 Use a cream-to-powder bronzer on your cheekbones, above the high point of your brow and bridge of your nose for a golden glow finish. Editors, Seventeen, "How to Apply Bronzer in 5 Easy Steps," 24 Sep. 2015 Her usually bright eyes peered dully above her newly prominent cheekbones. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "It Looked Like a Familiar Case of Depression, but Could It Be Something Else?," 18 Jan. 2018 Like the natural, taupe look, VR Fire Opal covered lids, cheekbones were swept with Astral Luna Gold, and lips were coated with Love Supreme. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Pat McGrath Made Holographic No-Makeup Makeup Happen at the Anna Sui Spring 2019 Show," 11 Sep. 2018 Sweep up some matte bronzer using a large, fluffy brush (to ensure even, natural application) and lightly dust it on the zones where the sun would naturally hit—your nose and cheekbones, as well as along the hairline. Petra Guglielmetti, Woman's Day, "10 One-Minute Ways to Get Gorgeous," 1 Nov. 2010 On Instagram there are countless people showing off their skills at contouring their cheekbones and seamlessly blending four colors of eye shadow on their lids. Marisa Meltzer, The Seattle Times, "How to do a makeup look in 5 minutes, tops," 7 Sep. 2018 His wife, who had high cheekbones and a wide face, sat with him, alongside a thickset younger man in his 30s — their son. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity," 6 Sep. 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 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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