[ mar-oh-bohn ]

  1. a bone containing edible marrow.

  2. marrowbones, Facetious. the knees.

Origin of marrowbone

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at marrow1, bone

Words Nearby marrowbone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use marrowbone in a sentence

  • This day also Mrs. Jemimah went to marrowbone, so I could not see her.

  • You tell Mrs. Prichard all about Mrs. marrowbone and the bull in the duckpond.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost | William Frend De Morgan
  • Old Mrs. marrowbone's hair was the only point he could seize on.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost | William Frend De Morgan
  • Of course he couldn't be her grandson, if he was already Mrs. marrowbone's.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost | William Frend De Morgan
  • If you wish to benefit by my society, bring me a bit from the hock of bacon, or a very young marrowbone.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3) | Richard Doddridge Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for marrowbone


/ (ˈmærəʊˌbəʊn) /

    • a bone containing edible marrow

    • (as modifier): marrowbone jelly

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