- short whiskers extending from the hairline to below the ears and worn with an unbearded chin.
- the projections of the hairline forming a border on the face in front of each ear.
Origin of sideburns
1885–90, Americanism; alteration of burnsides
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Examples from the Web for sideburns
The extravagantly-coiffed cyclist had, however, shaved off his sideburns for today's ceremony in Buckingham Palace.Arise Sir Bradley!
December 10, 2013
Just writing those last two sentences makes me feel better than a guy with sideburns describing his first Cronut on Yelp.How Salman Rushdie’s Tweet Put Me Off Twitter
July 8, 2013
There are details that make it seem so far away now: the sideburns, the wide flares, the cobblestones.How Long, How Long Did We Sing that Song?
June 16, 2010
- a man's whiskers grown down either side of the face in front of the earsAlso called: sideboards, side whiskers, (Austral) sidelevers
C19: variant of burnsides
Word Origin and History for sideburns
1880, American English, alteration of burnsides (q.v).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper