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[sahyd-burnz] /ˈsaɪdˌbɜrnz/
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
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  • He wore his brown mustache thick and let it grow back over his cheeks to join his sideburns.

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

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
British Dictionary definitions for sideburns


plural noun
a man's whiskers grown down either side of the face in front of the ears Also called sideboards, side whiskers, (Austral) sidelevers
Word Origin
C19: variant of burnsides
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Word Origin and History for sideburns

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

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