Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See zygomatic bone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The small prominent bone of the cheek.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the bone of the side of the face; esp., the malar bone.
  • n. the arch of bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheek.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The malar bone, forming the prominence below the outer angle of the eye.
  • n. The superior maxillary or upper jaw-bone, forming most of the bony basis of the upper jaw.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the arch of bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheek

Etymologies

From Middle English chekbon, from Old English ċēacbān ("cheekbone"), equivalent to cheek +‎ bone. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.