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

Definition of sideburns

2 : continuations of the hairline in front of the ears

Other Words from sideburns

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

Examples of sideburns in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Complete with a full head of hair, thick sideburns and retro frames, Al’s appearance in the photos is a relic of the past, and fans couldn't get enough of it. Rebecca Norris, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 Burns kicks his character off the team because of Mattingly’s supposed long sideburns. Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2022 Previously, the only facial hair that wrestlers were allowed was a mustache (trimmed above the lip line) and sideburns. oregonlive, 4 May 2022 Police say the man is light in complexion, medium build and has a salt-and-pepper short afro, with full sideburns that meet a scraggly beard. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Of note: Anthony's sideburns are under much better control this season, as are Daphne's (Phoebe Dynevor) bangs. Sara Netzley,, 26 Mar. 2022 While long sideburns seem the opposite of chic, Cardi's — which curl just below the ear — not only balance out the cut but elevate it to a new level. Michella Oré, Allure, 8 Dec. 2021 Waxing removes hair from the root and can work quite well for removing unwanted hair from the upper lip, jawline, chin, and sideburns, and to shape eyebrows, explains Dr. Rahman. Stephanie Eckelkamp, SELF, 22 Dec. 2021 Police on Friday released clearer photos that show the man sporting a shaved or closely-cropped haircut, a small ponytail, sideburns and jawline facial hair. oregonlive, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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24 May 2022

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“Sideburns.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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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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