sideburn

sideburns

[sahyd-burnz]
plural noun
1.
short whiskers extending from the hairline to below the ears and worn with an unbearded chin.
2.
the projections of the hairline forming a border on the face in front of each ear.

Origin:
1885–90, Americanism; alteration of burnsides

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sideburns (ˈsaɪdˌbɜːnz)
 
pl n
sideboards, side whiskers, Also called: sidelevers a man's whiskers grown down either side of the face in front of the ears
 
[C19: variant of burnsides]

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sideburns
1887, alteration of burnsides (q.v).
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