Definition of sideburn in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘A composite sketch was released yesterday of a man with dark hair short in front, longer in back long sideburns and a goatee.’
    • ‘He has short black hair which is tight and curly, sideburns and a goatee beard.’
    • ‘Stick to classic sideburns as opposed to the kind that take over your face or have a life of their own.’
    • ‘He is 17 or 18 years old, of stocky build and has Afro hair and sideburns.’
    • ‘He had dark brown longish hair, subtle sideburns, and these soulful, heavy-lidded eyes.’
    • ‘With a full handlebar moustache and sideburns, which took several weeks to grow, he was every bit the memorable family doctor.’
    • ‘He had scruffy short, possibly cropped, brown hair with sideburns running down past his ears.’
    • ‘We also have a ban on facial hair, which includes sideburns.’
    • ‘He quickly went to shaving, trimming up his sideburns and removing straggling hairs on his chin.’
    • ‘I invaded the circle of light, speculated about their faces bristling with sideburns and goatees.’
    • ‘It was an unlikely boast from the fair-skinned figure with the sideburns and thinning hair.’
    • ‘I used to worry about it as a teenager, not being able to grow sideburns like other guys in my circle of friends.’
    • ‘So if your hair is very short, don't leave your sideburns thick and long.’
    • ‘The man was young, olive-skinned, with black hair, sideburns, a moustache, and sparkling blue eyes.’
    • ‘He is white, in his 20s, 5ft 8in, with collar-length, untidy light brown hair and sideburns.’
    • ‘He had blonde unkempt hair but respectably short sideburns, and he wore blue jeans and one of those awful V-neck golfing sweaters.’
    • ‘On one mission to London he thought it best to grow sideburns and sport a tweed cap.’
    • ‘He had short thick black hair with long sideburns and wore a distinctive gold-coloured summer jacket, zipped up, with black or dark blue joggers or trousers.’
    • ‘To keep your sideburns trimmed, an electric razor would be most effective.’
    • ‘There were dozens of men in the crowd who'd clearly gone to considerable effort to cultivate the famous towering quiff and sideburns combo.’
    facial hair, whiskers, stubble, designer stubble, five o'clock shadow, bristles
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Late 19th century: originally burnside, from the name of General Burnside (1824–81), who wore sideburns.