col·​lar·​bone | \ ˈkä-lər-ˌbōn \

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When Herbert missed five games with a broken collarbone, the Ducks’ offense broke down. Andy Staples,, "Like It or Not, College Football Is Influencing the NFL," 12 July 2018 Then her husband started taking Percocet for a dislocated collarbone. Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 But offensive struggles this year followed a 2017 season in which Rodgers broke his right collarbone and the team missed the postseason. Genaro C. Armas, The Seattle Times, "Packers president Murphy to hire next coach, GM involved," 4 Dec. 2018 Dust the product along your collarbone à la Rihanna, for a little extra seasonal glow. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Has Relaunched Its Iconic Body Lava," 21 Nov. 2018 Trace it across your eyelids, cheekbones, Cupid's bow, and lips. Sweep it down your neck and across your collarbone and shoulders. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yara Shahidi Tests This Season’s Boldest Makeup Looks," 6 Nov. 2017 Look for a collarbone-length black wig for this one. Cameron Glover, Allure, "11 Halloween Costumes That You Can Do With Just a Wig," 9 Oct. 2018 Just look at any photo of Gritty: his lidless, spinning eyes; his inert tongue; his unshaven beard which avalanches over his collarbone, like a Portland bartender’s. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The Fuzzy Terror of Sports Mascots," 27 Sep. 2018 Flawless, perfection, and gorgeous are written en masse beneath smartly cropped close-ups of her shoulders, midriff, and collarbone, bathed in sunlight. Vogue, "This Jewelry Designer’s Skin Is as Brilliant as Her Gold Earrings," 10 Sep. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of collarbone

: a bone that connects the shoulder to the base of the neck


col·​lar·​bone | \ ˈkä-lər-ˌbōn \

Kids Definition of collarbone

: a bone of the shoulder joined to the breastbone and the shoulder blade


col·​lar·​bone | \ ˈkäl-ər-ˌbōn, ˌkäl-ər-ˈ \

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