sideburns

[ sahyd-burnz ]
/ ˈsaɪdˌbɜrnz /

plural noun

short whiskers extending from the hairline to below the ears and worn with an unbearded chin.
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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British Dictionary definitions for sideburns

sideburns
/ (ˈsaɪdˌbɜːnz) /

pl n

a man's whiskers grown down either side of the face in front of the earsAlso called: sideboards, side whiskers, (Austral) sidelevers

Word Origin for sideburns

C19: variant of burnsides
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