plural noun
side·​burns | \ ˈsīd-ˌbərnz How to pronounce sideburns (audio) \

Definition of sideburns

2 : continuations of the hairline in front of the ears

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sideburned \ ˈsīd-​ˌbərnd How to pronounce sideburned (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of sideburns

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sideburns

anagram of burnsides

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The first known use of sideburns was in 1876

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“Sideburns.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sideburns

: hair that grows on the side of a man's face in front of his ears


noun plural
side·​burns | \ ˈsīd-ˌbərnz How to pronounce sideburns (audio) \

Kids Definition of sideburns

: hair growing on the side of the face in front of the ears

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