Meaning of SKELETON in English

SKELETON

■ noun

1》 an internal or external framework of bone, cartilage, or other rigid material supporting or containing the body of an animal or plant.

↘a very thin or emaciated person or animal.

2》 a supporting framework, basic structure, or essential participle

↘[as modifier ] denoting an essential or minimum number of people or things: a ~ staff.

Phrases

~ in the cupboard ( N. Amer. ~ in the closet ) a discreditable or embarrassing fact that someone wishes to keep secret.

Derivatives

~ize or ~ise verb

Origin

C16: mod. L., from Gk, neut. of skeletos 'dried up'.

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