blood·​stain | \ ˈbləd-ˌstān How to pronounce bloodstain (audio) \

Definition of bloodstain

: a discoloration caused by blood

Examples of bloodstain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The bloodstains, Hartford Police surveillance footage and items with Dulos' blood, were among the pieces of evidence authorities cited in an application for an arrest warrant for Dulos' estranged husband and his girlfriend. Darran Simon And Elizabeth Joseph, CNN, "Missing Connecticut woman's blood found on items dumped in trash receptacles, authorities say," 4 June 2019 Some hand bloodstains traced angles at odds with each other as well, off by as much as 10 degrees. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Bloodstains on Shroud of Turin are probably fake, experts say," 16 July 2018 Laundresses tread clothing in vats of urine, the only thing strong enough to shift bloodstains. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: From Great War to Trojan War," 6 Sep. 2018 During testimony from the trial’s first witness, an expert on bullet trajectories and bloodstains, Judge Van Tine briefly halted the proceedings as LeGrier’s mother, Janet Cooksey, began to sob and was escorted from the courtroom. Dan Hinkel,, "Trial opens in 2015 police shooting in which bat-wielding teen and bystander were killed," 18 June 2018 But eight bloodstains had DNA matching Samantha Williams, Cheryl Williams’ daughter. Krista Torralva,, "Judge accused of bias won't step aside in re-trial of man sentenced to death in 2004 stabbings," 13 Mar. 2018 Using a forensic bloodstain agent, police found traces of blood in six locations, mostly in the basement but also at the top of the stairs leading to the basement, according to the complaint. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man killed pregnant girlfriend, stuffed her in a suitcase and left body in a storage facility, police say," 17 Apr. 2018 The audience erupts with excitement while workers move quickly to wipe fresh bloodstains off the mat for the next fight. John Mccall,, "Fighting for free: The penniless pursuit of amateur MMA fighters in South Florida," 19 June 2018 Eight years later, he was released on house arrest after a judge found that the blood analyst who had provided essential evidence in the case against Peterson had given misleading and false testimony about the bloodstain evidence. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Here's the Story Behind Netflix's Latest True Crime Docuseries The Staircase," 11 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bloodstain.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bloodstain

1614, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bloodstain

Statistics for bloodstain

Last Updated

14 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bloodstain

The first known use of bloodstain was in 1614

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bloodstain



English Language Learners Definition of bloodstain

: a spot of blood on something (such as a piece of clothing)


blood·​stain | \ -ˌstān How to pronounce bloodstain (audio) \

Medical Definition of bloodstain

: a discoloration caused by blood

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on bloodstain

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bloodstain

Spanish Central: Translation of bloodstain

Nglish: Translation of bloodstain for Spanish Speakers

Comments on bloodstain

What made you want to look up bloodstain? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having a desire to acquire more things

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!