the zygomatic bone.
the part of that bone below the eye forming the prominence of the cheek.
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. 2019

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



the nontechnical name for zygomatic bone Related adjective: malar
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cheekbone in Medicine




zygomatic bone
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