chilblain

noun
chil·blain | \ˈchil-ˌblān \

Definition of chilblain 

: an inflammatory swelling or sore caused by exposure (as of the feet or hands) to cold

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Given that chilblains are caused by exposure to cold conditions, it may not surprise you to know that the first element of this word comes from the noun "chill." The second element, "blain," may be less familiar, though the word blain ("an inflammatory swelling or sore") is still used by English speakers. Both elements of "chilblain" have Anglo-Saxon roots. "Chill" comes from Old English "ciele" ("frost" or "chill"), which is akin to "ceald," an Old English ancestor of the modern "cold." "Blain" comes from Old English "blegen" (same meaning as "blain"). These two words were first brought together (as the compound "chyll blayne") in the 1500s.

Examples of chilblain in a Sentence

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While drawing blast furnaces, coal tipples, coke ovens and other industrial structures, the 41-year-old artist suffered chilblains, a condition that causes hands and feet to itch and turn red or blue. Marylynne Pitz, The Seattle Times, "Artist’s wintry muse was Pennsylvania industrial landscape," 25 Dec. 2017 Seri is said to have a medical issue which gives him chilblains (painful skin inflammation) in cold weather, and is averse to moving to a cold country. SI.com, "Nice Chairman Has No Issue Selling Liverpool Target as Long as Buy-Out Clause Is Met," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of chilblain

1547, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chilblain

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The first known use of chilblain was in 1547

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chilblain

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chilblain

: a red and painful swollen area on the feet, hands, etc., that is caused by being exposed to cold

chilblain

noun
chil·blain | \ˈchil-ˌblān \

Kids Definition of chilblain

: a red swollen itchy condition caused by cold that occurs especially on the hands or feet

chilblain

noun
chil·blain | \ˈchil-ˌblān \

Medical Definition of chilblain 

: an inflammatory swelling or sore caused by exposure (as of the feet or hands) to cold

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