malar

adjective
ma·​lar | \ ˈmā-lər How to pronounce malar (audio) , -ˌlär \

Definition of malar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the cheek or the side of the head

malar

noun

Definition of malar (Entry 2 of 2)

: zygomatic bone

called also malar bone

Examples of malar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective About half of all people diagnosed with lupus end up developing this specific rash, also known as a malar rash², according to the Johns Hopkins Lupus Center. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 21 Jan. 2022 Also called a malar rash, the red skin looks like a sunburn. NBC News, 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of malar

Adjective

1782, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malar

Adjective

borrowed from New Latin mālāris, from Latin māla (usually in plural mālae) "lower part of the face, cheeks, jaws" + -āris -ar ; māla perhaps going back to Italic *smaksla, going back to Indo-European *smḱ-slo-/sleh2-, whence, from *smeḱ-, Old Irish smech "chin," and, from *smeḱ- or *smoḱ- with a suffix *-r-, Lithuanian smãkras, smakrà "chin," Albanian mjekrë "beard, chin," Armenian mawrow-kʼ "chin," Sanskrit śmaśru- "beard," Hittite zamakur, zamankur "beard" (with irregular z for š)

Note: Latin māla has alternatively been explained as *mand-sla-, a derivative of mandere "to chew" (see mandible).

Noun

by ellipsis from malar bone

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“Malar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malar. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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malar

adjective
ma·​lar | \ ˈmā-lər How to pronounce malar (audio) , -ˌlär How to pronounce malar (audio) \

Medical Definition of malar

: of or relating to the cheek, the side of the head, or the zygomatic bone

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