- the hair on a man's face, just in front of the ears, esp. when the rest of the beard is cut off
Origin of sideburnsreversed from burnsides
Growths of hair on the sides of the face in front of the ears, especially when worn by a man with the rest of the beard shaved off.
Origin of sideburnsAlteration of burnsides
(normally plural, singular sideburn)
- Facial hair reaching from the top of the head down the side of the face to the side of the chin.
After Ambrose Burnside (1824-1881).