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Close up of a unibrow.

A unibrow (or jacco brow or monobrow; called synophrys in medicine) is a single eyebrow created when the two eyebrows meet in the middle above the bridge of the nose.[1] The hair above the bridge of the nose is of the same color and thickness as the eyebrows, such that they converge to form one uninterrupted line of hair.


The word monobrow first appeared in print in 1968,[2] and the adjectival form monobrowed followed in 1973, in Martin Amis' novel The Rachel Papers.[3] The first known use of the word unibrow was in 1981.[4]

Culture and beauty[edit]


A unibrow is considered as a sign of beauty by Baluchi Omanis. Its popularity causes women to draw a black line joining the brows as a part of their routine makeup to fake a unibrow. A study found the prevalence of synophrys to be at 11.87% in the Omani population.[5]


In Tajikistan,[6] a unibrow is viewed as an attractive quality in both men and women.[citation needed] For women, it is associated with virginity and purity and, in men, virility.[citation needed] If there is no unibrow present, or if it is weak, it is commonplace for women to use a kohl liner or a modern kajal pen to simulate a unibrow.[citation needed]


New Zealand politician Brian MacDonell

The unibrow has largely been seen as undesirable in the Americas and Europe, with the hairs often plucked, shaved, or waxed away.[7][8] The artist Frida Kahlo was famous for her unibrow, which she often depicted in self-portraits.[9][10] Greek-Cypriot model Sophia Hadjipanteli is also known for her unibrow.[11]

It is also the trademark of NBA player Anthony Davis,[12] football player Marouane Fellaini and YouTuber ElectroBOOM. Famous boxer Roberto Elizondo also famously sported a unibrow during his professional boxing fighting days.[13]

Bert, Herry Monster, and Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street, Muppets Sam Eagle, Statler and Animal, Tim Lockwood from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Spanky Ham from Drawn Together, Squilliam Fancyson from SpongeBob SquarePants, Helga Pataki from Hey Arnold!, and Baby Gerald from The Simpsons are fictional characters with a unibrow.



The unibrow is a genetic trait.[14] It is associated with the PAX3 gene.[15]

Medical conditions[edit]

A unibrow is part of normal human variation, but can also stem from developmental disorders. A unibrow is a recognized feature of Cornelia De Lange syndrome, a genetic disorder whose main features include moderate to severe learning difficulties, limb abnormalities such as oligodactyly (fewer than normal fingers or toes), and phocomelia (malformed limbs), and facial abnormalities including a long philtrum (the slight depression/line between the nose and mouth).

Other medical conditions associated with a unibrow include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "confluent eyebrow". TheFreeDictionary.com. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  2. ^ "mono-brow, n." www.oed.com. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  3. ^ "mono-browed, adj". www.oed.com. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  4. ^ Chisholm, Elise T. (24 Nov 1981). "How Brooke Shields is raising eyebrows again". Evening Sun. Baltimore, MD. p. 9. Retrieved 12 Mar 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Synophrys: Epidemiological Study.P.Kumar. Int J Trichology.2017;9(3):105-107.doi: 10.4103/ijt.ijt_14_17 PMC 5596643.
  6. ^ Elder, Miriam (November 27, 2010). "Where the unibrow reigns". Global Post. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  7. ^ Adame, Amanda (2017-05-25). "People Are Embracing The Unibrow – Here's Why It's A Good Thing". Konbini United States. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  8. ^ Usborne, Simon (2017-05-03). "Why it's finally cool to have a monobrow". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  9. ^ "An Open Letter to the AGO About Frida Kahlo's Unibrow – Shameless Magazine". shamelessmag.com.
  10. ^ "Why Frida Kahlo's unibrow is important". NET-A-PORTER.
  11. ^ "Meet the model 'owning' her unibrow". Stuff. 4 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Anthony Davis Trademarked His Unibrow". Business Insider Australia. 26 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Roberto Elizondo Boxer - Wiki, Profile, Boxrec". 7 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Human Traits". faculty.southwest.tn.edu. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  15. ^ Adhikari, Kaustubh. "How we discovered the genetic origin of the 'monobrow' and other hair traits". The Conversation. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  16. ^ "Chromosome 3p- syndrome | Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD) – an NCATS Program". rarediseases.info.nih.gov. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  17. ^ "Kleefstra syndrome: MedlinePlus Genetics". medlineplus.gov. Retrieved 2021-11-23.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Unibrows at Wikimedia Commons