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.

Origin of sideburns

1885–90, Americanism; alteration of burnsides Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sideburns

Historical Examples of sideburns

  • And outwardly he remained a mild little figure with sideburns, kindly tolerant toward everyone.


    Ben Hecht

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


    Robert Shea

British Dictionary definitions for sideburns


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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Word Origin and History for sideburns

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper