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Meaning & Definition of Skeleton in English

English

Skeleton

/skɛlətən/

noun

1. Something reduced to its minimal form

  • "The battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"
  • "The bare skeleton of a novel"
    synonym:
  • skeleton

2. A scandal that is kept secret

  • "There must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
    synonym:
  • skeleton
  • ,
  • skeleton in the closet
  • ,
  • skeleton in the cupboard

3. The hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal

    synonym:
  • skeletal system
  • ,
  • skeleton
  • ,
  • frame
  • ,
  • systema skeletale

4. The internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape

  • "The building has a steel skeleton"
    synonym:
  • skeleton
  • ,
  • skeletal frame
  • ,
  • frame
  • ,
  • underframe

Examples of using

Tom is a human skeleton.