Meaning of “collarbone” in the English Dictionary

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"collarbone" in British English

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collarbonenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒl.ə.bəʊn/ us /ˈkɑː.lɚ.boʊn/ specialized clavicle

Examples from literature

  • But a woman's neck is as different from a man's as her collarbone is. 
  • It is only a broken collarbone. 
  • The ball, after breaking his collarbone, had glanced downwards, and the wound was a more serious one than he had imagined. 
  • Tom quickly ran his hands up and down Roger's arms and legs, his chest, collarbone and at last, with gently probing fingers, his head. 
  • Your honour will have heard that King William has fallen from his horse, and broken his collarbone, and died. 

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

"collarbone" in American English

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collarbonenoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑl·ərˌboʊn/

a bone between the shoulder and the base of the neck on each side of the body

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