[ cheek-bohn ]

  1. the zygomatic bone.

  2. the part of that bone below the eye forming the prominence of the cheek.

  1. the area of the cheek overlying this bone.

Origin of cheekbone

before 1000; Middle English chekbon, Old English ceacban. See cheek, bone

Words Nearby cheekbone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cheekbone in a sentence

  • He had his right hand to his face and was absent-mindedly rubbing the scar on his left cheekbone.

  • I jerked my head aside far enough that the scalpel grated along my cheekbone instead of slashing my mouth.

    Greylorn | John Keith Laumer
  • At length Saurin, judging his distance, sent out his left hand sharply, and caught Crawley on the right cheekbone.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys | Lewis Hough
  • His “friend,” when Tony was lying asleep in the hospital, had taken a razor and slit his mouth back to the cheekbone.

    Within Prison Walls | Thomas Mott Osborne
  • A scar, dead white on a brown cheekbone, was a reminder of an "encounter" with one of the numerous sauriens of Venus.

  • He had felt Reivers fist drive home full on his cheekbone and it seemed that he had been struck by a handful of iron.

    The Snow-Burner | Henry Oyen

British Dictionary definitions for cheekbone


/ (ˈtʃiːkˌbəʊn) /

  1. the nontechnical name for zygomatic bone Related adjective: malar

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