Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “bone”

See all translations

bone

noun [C or U] uk   /bəʊn/ us    /boʊn/
B1 any of the hard parts inside a human or animal that make up its frame: The child was so thin that you could see her bones. human/animal bonesB1 the bone in meat or fish: There's still a lot of meat left on the bone - shall I slice some off for you? I don't like fish because I hate the bones.
More examples

bone

verb uk   /bəʊn/ us    /boʊn/

bone verb (SEX)

[I or T] offensive to have sex with someone

bone verb (FOOD)

[T] to take the bones out of something: The chef bones the fish before grilling it.
Phrasal verbs
Translations of “bone”
in Korean 뼈…
in Arabic عَظْم…
in French os…
in Turkish kemik…
in Italian osso, spina…
in Chinese (Traditional) 骨,骨頭, 肉骨, 魚骨…
in Russian кость…
in Polish kość, ość…
in Spanish hueso…
in Portuguese osso, espinha…
in German der Knochen…
in Catalan os…
in Japanese 骨…
in Chinese (Simplified) 骨,骨头, 肉骨, 鱼刺…
(Definition of bone from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of bone?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “bone” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

glacial

made or left by a glacier

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More