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

white Christmas

a Christmas when it snows

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

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