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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cheekbone the arch of bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheek
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cheekbone The malar bone, forming the prominence below the outer angle of the eye. Persons, or races, in whom this bone is specially prominent are said to have “high cheek-bones.” It also becomes prominent in emaciated or hollow-cheeked persons, from the absorption of the fat of the soft parts of the cheek. See cuts under orbit and skull.
    • n cheekbone The superior maxillary or upper jaw-bone, forming most of the bony basis of the upper jaw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Cheekbone the bone of the cheek
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. céce, céace, the cheek, jaw; cf. Dut. kaak.


In literature:

His square, jutting jaw now seemed all bone, as did his long nose and high cheekbones.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
It rises somewhat higher upon the cheekbones, throwing the latter out into ghastly prominence.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
The man's face was clean-shaven, showing high cheekbones and a firm, handsome mouth.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
My cheekbone and two of my teeth were broken.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
It broke the skin on his cheekbone and forehead and blood ran from the cuts.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Very lightly his fingers traveled from her cheekbone to her jaw.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The pouches under his eyes were as prominent as his cheekbones, and the cheekbones themselves were criss-crossed with tiny red lines.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Rowlett flushed to his high cheekbones.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
Tears streaked the strong cheekbones.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The high cheekbones gave him an odd look as if she saw him in bronze.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
The skin was drawn over his cheekbones like parchment.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane
His teeth were no longer chattering, but his cheekbones now bore patches of deep red.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
His eyes glowing dully, he stared straight before him; a spot of colour mounted on his cheekbones.
"Gold" by Stewart White
She had short hair the color of hammered copper, high cheekbones, and tawny eyes.
"The Barbarians" by John Sentry
Dalgetty's gaze followed the curve of her high cheekbones.
"The Sensitive Man" by Poul William Anderson
On the chin was a pointed beard, and a pair of long moustachios curled up over the cheekbones.
"Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children" by Julian Hawthorne
Also, Angel may have some Chinese blood, which would account for the unusually high cheekbones and rather flat face.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
They have the knotty hair that characterizes the negro races, and the flat noses, thick lips, and prominent cheekbones.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
Frank, however, has not come off unscathed, for the big Boer's fist has more than grazed his cheekbone.
"Aletta" by Bertram Mitford
And the Chief with hair on his cheekbones and double eyeballs?
"The Hell Ship" by Raymond Alfred Palmer

In news:

Think you've got the cheekbones or the clothes-hanger frame to become a model.
It's just to give clients a hint about the donor, whose haircut, cheekbones or even dress sense might evoke the famous face.
Cavaliers rookie center Tyler Zeller has been cleared to play wearing a mask to protect a broken cheekbone.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers rookie center Tyler Zeller has been cleared to play wearing a mask to protect a broken cheekbone.
With her high cheekbones, feline brown eyes and heart-shaped mouth, actress Aubrey Plaza is bombshell hot.
Wings forward Dallas Drake will miss at least the next two games after seeing a specialist Monday who recommended he take a week off to let the hairline fracture in his cheekbone heal, Wings general manager Ken Holland said.
For a heart-shaped face: Keep cheekbone-length pieces loose to minimize the widest parts of your face.
In the haze of sundown, I could barely see the pale but pronounced scar that snaked from her right cheekbone to the corner of her mouth.
Heart- shaped faces are wider at the brow and narrower at the chin, which typically adds up to killer cheekbones.
) Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, all cheekbones and billowing Belstaff coat, Sherlock 's Sherlock 's a fast-talking, giggle-inducing tease.
The sinuses are hollowed out areas in the cheekbones and in the forehead, and there are even two more sets that are kind of between the eyes.
A soccer fan in Romania was charged Monday with running onto the field and breaking a player's cheekbone.
The player remained hospitalized with a broken right cheekbone.
She has a mane of silver hair, an etiolated neck, high cheekbones, bright, intelligent, lively eyes, and all 83 of her years etched upon her face.
Whether you brush it over brow bones or cheekbones, skin looks naturally glow-y, not overly shiny.