Meaning of SKELETON in English
transcription, транскрипция: [ skelɪt(ə)n ]
Your skeleton is the framework of bones in your body.
...a human skeleton.
A skeleton staff is the smallest number of staff necessary in order to run an organization or service.
Only a skeleton staff remains to show anyone interested around the site.
ADJ : ADJ n
The skeleton of something such as a building or a plan is its basic framework.
Only skeletons of buildings remained.
N-COUNT : usu N of n
If you say that someone has a skeleton in the closet , or in British English a skeleton in the cupboard , you mean that they are keeping secret a bad or embarrassing fact about themselves.
Mr Worthing is this election’s Mr Nice Guy, without any skeletons in his cupboard.
PHRASE : Ns inflect
Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне. 2006