Meaning of “bone” in the English Dictionary

"bone" in British English

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bonenoun [ 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 bones

B1 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

  • A fish bone got stuck in my throat.
  • He's broken a bone in his wrist.
  • Doctors have replaced the top of his hip bone with a metal sphere.
  • The soldiers discovered a pile of human skulls and bones.
  • Doctors inserted a metal pin in his leg to hold the bones together.


uk /bəʊn/ us /boʊn/

bone verb (SEX)

[ I or T ] offensive to have sex with someone

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(Definition of “bone” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bone" in American English

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bonenoun [ C ]

us /boʊn/

any of the hard pieces that form the skeleton (= frame) of a human or animal body:

She had broken a bone in her foot.

boneverb [ T ]

us /boʊn/

to remove the bones from fish or meat

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(Definition of “bone” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)