Meaning of SKELETON in English

SKELETON

/ ˈskelɪtn; NAmE / noun

1.

the structure of bones that supports the body of a person or an animal; a model of this structure :

The human skeleton consists of 206 bones.

a dinosaur skeleton

2.

( informal ) a very thin person or animal

3.

[ usually sing. ] the main structure that supports a building, etc.

SYN framework :

Only the concrete skeleton of the factory remained.

4.

[ usually sing. ] the basic outline of a plan, piece of writing, etc. to which more details can be added later :

Examples were used to flesh out the skeleton of the argument.

5.

skeleton staff, crew, etc. the smallest number of people, etc. that you need to do sth :

There will only be a skeleton staff on duty over the holiday.

We managed to operate a skeleton bus service during the strike.

IDIOMS

- a skeleton in the cupboard

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WORD ORIGIN

late 16th cent.: modern Latin , from Greek , neuter of skeletos dried up, from skellein dry up.

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