1 of 3

noun (1)

: usually slack flesh (such as a dewlap, wattle, or the pendulous part of a double chin) associated with the cheeks, lower jaw, or throat


2 of 3

noun (2)

: the cheek meat of a hog
: jaw
especially : mandible
: one of the lateral halves of the mandible


3 of 3

noun (3)

: a cut of fish consisting of the head and usually adjacent parts

Examples of jowl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The lions, which have friendly jowls and lolling tongues, appear to be almost smiling. Daniel Brook, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2023 The now viral filter adds wrinkles and even jowls to create an older version of the user’s face. Chloe Berger, Fortune Well, 15 July 2023 With less to hold up your skin, gravity pulls it down causing jowls. Isabelle Butera, USA TODAY, 17 July 2023 To support drooping jowls, Chiu works directly on them and also the scalp, jaw, and cheeks. Fiorella Valdesolo, Town & Country, 28 Apr. 2023 Next, Carter switched up her hand position to focus on my jowls and jawline. Sarah Carr, Allure, 26 Feb. 2023 Yet, in the video above, Agazzi shows how to make a true carbonara using egg yolk, pecorino Romana, Parmigiano Reggiano and guanciale, which is cured pork jowl. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 25 Jan. 2023 The wand comes complete with a flat disc to treat your forehead, jowls, and neck; a precision ball attachment that reaches the delicate eye area and nasolabial folds; and a hydra prep gel for slip so that the tool glides over your skin easily. Carly Cardellino, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Mar. 2023 Oz Korean Steakhouse mixes and matches smart combinations of meat — say, boneless short rib, beef belly, pork jowl and gently spicy pork bulgogi — in various sizes and price points, with the very modern inclusion of cheese fondue for dipping. Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

alteration of Middle English cholle, probably from Old English ceole throat — more at glutton

Noun (2)

alteration of Middle English chavel, from Old English ceafl; akin to Middle High German kivel jaw, Avestan zafar- mouth

Noun (3)

alteration of Middle English choll

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1591, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun (3)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jowl was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Jowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: jaw entry 1 sense 1
especially : the lower jaw


2 of 2 noun
: loose flesh associated with the cheeks, lower jaw, or throat

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