freckle

noun
freck·​le | \ ˈfre-kəl How to pronounce freckle (audio) \

Definition of freckle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of the small brownish spots in the skin due to augmented melanin production that increase in number and intensity on exposure to sunlight

freckle

verb
freckled; freckling\ ˈfre-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce freckling (audio) \

Definition of freckle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to sprinkle or mark with freckles or small spots

intransitive verb

: to become marked with freckles

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Other Words from freckle

Noun

freckly \ ˈfre-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce freckly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of freckle in a Sentence

Noun a pale, redheaded girl with freckles across her cheeks Verb His skin freckles but doesn't tan. Tiny black spots freckled the walls.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Contrary to previous studies, the researchers found no statistically significant association between archaic DNA and freckles, hair color, eye color, or autoimmune diseases like Crohn disease and lupus. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "The Neanderthal DNA you carry may have surprisingly little impact on your looks, moods," 22 Apr. 2020 Consider current skin cancer detection technology: Stanford researchers have built a system that can tell whether a freckle is cancerous just as effectively as humans. Duff Mcdonald, Wired, "Being Happy at Work Is Simply Not Enough," 29 Feb. 2020 There’s more work needed on whether jeans could be analyzed in a more reliable way using additional features—and also whether other pattern analysis—like freckles on a face or patterns on other types of clothing—are similarly unreliable. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "The wear patterns of your jeans aren’t good forensic evidence," 25 Feb. 2020 My face is puffy, pale, with freckles standing out like the heads of pins. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 The freckles, Virginia Tech researchers say, are actually billion-year-old seaweed microfossils. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Scientists found a billion-year-old fossil believed to be an ancestor of earth's very first plants," 26 Feb. 2020 Never one to hide her freckles, Tannenbaum uses just a hint of as needed, before laying the blush on thick. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Rising Actress Will Convince You That Curly Bangs and ’80s Blush Are Always a Good Idea," 25 Jan. 2020 For choosing skin tone and other details such as freckles, beauty spots, and how blush-y the cheeks will be. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "Make a Memoji that actually looks like you," 7 Jan. 2020 The actress appears in the pics without a stitch of makeup, showing off her freckles and rosy pout. Neha Prakash, Allure, "Millie Bobby Brown Shows Off Her Freckles in Makeup-Free Selfies," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the short term, a wave of low pressure spreads rain back into the area today, and more pop-up showers and T-storms will freckle the Doppler radar screen late Friday and Saturday. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Chilliest September 8 on Record at MSP, but Glorious 70s Return Next Week," 8 Sep. 2020 Yard signs proclaiming residents proudly vote by mail freckle the nation. Washington Post, "Trump, beware: Americans have a deep, enduring love for the Postal Service," 28 Aug. 2020 The custard will get lightly freckled and the streusel will toast. Washington Post, "This pretty breakfast Danish is as easy to make as a toaster waffle," 14 Oct. 2019 These days Normandy is still freckled with the cemeteries of war and the graves of soldiers of many nations, a reminder of a common purpose against Hitler’s onslaught. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "D-Day in Photos: Heroes of a More Certain Time," 6 June 2019 Beneath the cover of blistered, chive-freckled Emmental cheese, your spoon finds a soup made robust with mushroom and beef broths. Washington Post, "Brasserie Liberté adds some French twists to Georgetown," 15 Jan. 2020 Salem Mitchell opted for lime liner, neon green pulled along the upper lashline as a cool addition to her usual menu of freckled, glossed lips and box braids. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Selena Gomez, Rosalía, and More," 1 Sep. 2019 Though the researchers aren’t yet certain exactly how many craters freckle Pallas, an analysis of 11 images snapped by SPHERE showed that that the marks make up at least 10 percent of the asteroid’s surface. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Most Cratered Object in the Asteroid Belt Looks Like a Golf Ball," 13 Feb. 2020 Trying to preserve a rugged country In the San Bernardino Valley, when night falls, the earth is swallowed up, and the stars freckle the sky. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Concerns grow that Trump's wall will damage rivers, wildlife habitat on Arizona border," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of freckle

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for freckle

Noun

Middle English freken, frekel, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse freknōttr freckled

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The first known use of freckle was in the 14th century

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“Freckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freckle. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for freckle

freckle

noun
How to pronounce freckle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of freckle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small, brownish spot on someone's skin

freckle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of freckle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be or become marked with freckles or spots

freckle

noun
freck·​le | \ ˈfre-kəl How to pronounce freckle (audio) \

Kids Definition of freckle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small brownish spot on the skin

freckle

verb
freckled; freckling

Kids Definition of freckle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to mark or become marked with freckles or spots His face was tanned and freckled by the sun.

freckle

noun
freck·​le | \ ˈfrek-əl How to pronounce freckle (audio) \

Medical Definition of freckle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of the small brownish spots in the skin that are due to augmented melanin production and that increase in number and intensity on exposure to sunlight

called also ephelis

— compare lentigo

Other Words from freckle

freckled \ -​əld How to pronounce freckled (audio) \ adjective
freckled; freckling\ ˈfrek-​(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce freckling (audio) \

Medical Definition of freckle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become marked with freckles

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