the clavicle.

Origin of collarbone

First recorded in 1605–15; collar + bone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for collarbone

Contemporary Examples of collarbone

Historical Examples of collarbone

  • There was a thin, high-pitched scream as a collarbone broke.

    Police Your Planet

    Lester del Rey

  • The knife had gone in just below the collarbone, and pierced down into the lungs.

    Mugby Junction

    Charles Dickens

  • My nose was pointed into the top of her head, and her face was right at my collarbone.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • I hope it won't be anything worse than a leg, or your collarbone, or five teeth knocked out.

  • Jawn struck; the man's collarbone crackled under the coupling pin and he fell forward with a yell.

    The Short Line War

    Samuel Merwin

British Dictionary definitions for collarbone



the nontechnical name for clavicle
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Word Origin and History for collarbone

c.1500, from collar (n.) + bone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

collarbone in Medicine




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collarbone in Science



See clavicle.
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