Definition of 'skeleton'
- something reduced to its minimal form; "the battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; "the bare skeleton of a novel"
- a scandal that is kept secret; "there must be a skeleton somewhere in that family's closet"
Synonyms: skeleton in the closet skeleton in the cupboard
- the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
Synonyms: skeletal system frame systema skeletale
- the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; "the building has a steel skeleton"
Synonyms: skeletal frame frame underframe