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ma·​lar ˈmā-lər How to pronounce malar (audio)
: of or relating to the cheek or the side of the head


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: zygomatic bone

called also malar bone

Examples of malar in a Sentence

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Word History



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).


by ellipsis from malar bone

First Known Use


1782, in the meaning defined above


circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malar was in 1782

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“Malar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


ma·​lar ˈmā-lər How to pronounce malar (audio) -ˌlär How to pronounce malar (audio)
: of or relating to the cheek, the side of the head, or the zygomatic bone
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