1. the zygomatic bone.
  2. the part of that bone below the eye forming the prominence of the cheek.
  3. the area of the cheek overlying this bone.

Origin of cheekbone

before 1000; Middle English chekbon, Old English ceacban. See cheek, bone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cheekbone

Historical Examples of cheekbone

  • It broke the skin on his cheekbone and forehead and blood ran from the cuts.


    Harry Harrison

  • Very lightly his fingers traveled from her cheekbone to her jaw.

  • It looped in mid-air and slashed the man's face from chin to cheekbone.

    The Ties That Bind

    Walter Miller

  • As he turned I saw a star-shaped blue scar above his cheekbone.


    Stewart White

  • Put a piece of that sticking plaster on that cut across your cheekbone.

British Dictionary definitions for cheekbone


  1. the nontechnical name for zygomatic bone Related adjective: malar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

cheekbone in Medicine


  1. zygomatic bone
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