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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: From an old past participle of sink


1 [only before noun] having fallen to the bottom of the sea, a lake, or a river:
the wrecks of sunken ships
sunken treasure

sunken cheeks/eyes etc

cheeks or eyes that have fallen inwards, especially because of age or illness [= hollow]:
Her eyes looked dull and sunken.
3 [only before noun] built or placed at a lower level than the surrounding floor or ground:
Steps led down to a sunken garden.
a sunken bath

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