Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “skeleton”

See all translations

skeleton

noun [C] uk   /ˈskel.ɪ.tən/ us    /-t̬ən/
B2 the frame of bones supporting a human or animal body: We found an old sheep skeleton up on the cliffs. figurative Her long illness reduced her to a skeleton (= made her very thin). the most basic form or structure of something: The skeleton of my book is written/My book is in skeleton form - now I just have to add the details.
More examples
Translations of “skeleton”
in Korean 뼈대, 골격…
in Arabic هَيْكَل عَظْمي…
in French squelette, charpente…
in Turkish iskelet…
in Italian scheletro…
in Chinese (Traditional) 骨骼,骨架, 框架, 架構…
in Russian скелет…
in Polish szkielet…
in Spanish esqueleto, armazón…
in Portuguese esqueleto…
in German das Skelett…
in Catalan esquelet…
in Japanese がい骨, 骨格…
in Chinese (Simplified) 骨骼,骨架, 框架, 梗概,纲要…
(Definition of skeleton from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of skeleton?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “skeleton” 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