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.

1885–90, Americanism; alteration of burnsides Unabridged
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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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Word Origin & History

1887, alteration of burnsides (q.v).
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Example sentences
Sideburns, if worn, shall be neatly trimmed and shall not extend below the middle ear.
With the exception of mustaches and sideburns, and unless expressly authorized, officers shall be clean-shaven.
Sideburns shall be neatly trimmed and not extend below the bottom of the ear.
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