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sideburns

[sahyd-burnz]
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plural noun
  1. short whiskers extending from the hairline to below the ears and worn with an unbearded chin.
  2. the projections of the hairline forming a border on the face in front of each ear.
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Origin of sideburns

1885–90, Americanism; alteration of burnsides
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  • And outwardly he remained a mild little figure with sideburns, kindly tolerant toward everyone.

    Gargoyles

    Ben Hecht

  • He wore his brown mustache thick and let it grow back over his cheeks to join his sideburns.

    Shaman

    Robert Shea


British Dictionary definitions for sideburns

sideburns

pl n
  1. a man's whiskers grown down either side of the face in front of the earsAlso called: sideboards, side whiskers, (Austral) sidelevers
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Word Origin

C19: variant of burnsides
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Word Origin and History for sideburns

n.

1880, American English, alteration of burnsides (q.v).

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