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sideburn

Line breaks: side|burn
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪdbəːn
 
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Definition of sideburn in English:

noun

(usually sideburns)
A strip of hair grown by a man down each side of the face in front of his ears: he kept his small moustache and sideburns neatly trimmed
More example sentences
  • He is 17 or 18 years old, of stocky build and has Afro hair and sideburns.
  • The man was young, olive-skinned, with black hair, sideburns, a moustache, and sparkling blue eyes.
  • He quickly went to shaving, trimming up his sideburns and removing straggling hairs on his chin.

Origin

late 19th century: originally burnside, from the name of General Burnside (1824–81), who wore sideburns.

Words that rhyme with sideburn

sunburnBannockburn

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