- 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.
Origin of sideburns
Related Words for sideburnswig, hairstyle, grass, fur, haircut, fiber, wool, strand, eyebrow, mane, stubble, goatee, burnsides, mustache, beard, shock, lock, tress, down, cut
Examples from the Web for sideburns
Contemporary Examples of sideburns
The extravagantly-coiffed cyclist had, however, shaved off his sideburns for today's ceremony in Buckingham Palace.Arise Sir Bradley!
December 10, 2013
Just writing those last two sentences makes me feel better than a guy with sideburns describing his first Cronut on Yelp.How Salman Rushdie’s Tweet Put Me Off Twitter
July 8, 2013
There are details that make it seem so far away now: the sideburns, the wide flares, the cobblestones.How Long, How Long Did We Sing that Song?
June 16, 2010
Historical Examples of sideburns
- 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
1880, American English, alteration of burnsides (q.v).