sunk·​en | \ ˈsəŋ-kən How to pronounce sunken (audio) \

Definition of sunken

1 : submerged especially : lying at the bottom of a body of water
2a : hollow, recessed sunken cheeks
b : lying in a depression a sunken garden
c : settled below the normal level
d : constructed below the normal floor level a sunken living room

Examples of sunken in a Sentence

Her eyes were sunken and lifeless. our convalescing guest's sunken cheeks soon filled out on a diet of my mother's cooking
Recent Examples on the Web In its report, since blamed on a hack, Readovka said Russia has lost 13,414 soldiers in Ukraine, 7,000 more are missing, and 116 sailors were killed up on the sunken Black Sea flagship Moskva. Peter Weber, The Week, 26 Apr. 2022 Guests can grab a seat at the coffee bar, or stick around for a while to socialize in the sunken conversation pit. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 6 Jan. 2022 At just one site of extensive trenching a few hundred yards outside the town of Chernobyl, the Russian army had dug an elaborate maze of sunken walkways and bunkers. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Webster said her favorite room in the house is the sunken living room. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Sure, the show-pony Gold Coast has beautiful sunsets and split-level homes surrounded by sunken fire pits and infinity thermal pools. Adam Graham, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2022 The primary bath has Carrara marble walls and floors, a rain shower with dual shower heads, a sunken spa tub with water jets and separate water closets. Robyn A. Friedman,, 31 Mar. 2022 These chapters pull the players into a pair of connected cities: the oasis city of Ank’Harel and the sunken city of Cael Morrow. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 The sunken space houses a verdant garden and swimming pool on the lower level that can be enjoyed by guests in any season on account of the cover. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sunken

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sunken

Middle English sonkyn, past participle of sinken to sink

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7 May 2022

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“Sunken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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sunk·​en | \ ˈsəŋ-kən How to pronounce sunken (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunken

1 : fallen in : hollow Zero's face looked like a jack-o'-lantern … with sunken eyes and a drooping smile.— Louis Sachar, Holes
2 : lying at the bottom of a body of water sunken ships
3 : built or settled below the surrounding or normal level a sunken garden

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