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 freckle (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

Other Words from freckle

Noun

freckly \ ˈfre-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce freckle (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 Thankfully there are countless faux freckle products and DIY hacks out there. Medea Giordano, Wired, 26 Nov. 2021 At the Estadio Olimpico in Honduras last month, about two dozen American fans were tucked into one corner of the packed stadium, a freckle of red in a sea of blue. New York Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Intak has a freckle on his finger that his grandma often mistakes for dirt and tries to wipe off. Devon Abelman, Allure, 20 Apr. 2021 Barron also judged Irish Fest's freckle contest since 1981. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Mar. 2021 However, Allen has been also dabbling in faux freckle products over the past couple of months. Devon Abelman, Allure, 26 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 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, 25 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Come autumn, copper and crimson leaves freckle this quiet woodland, creating a destination so captivating that Tudor kings once frequented these parts for tranquil holidays and pristine hunting. Stephanie Vermillion, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Sep. 2021 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, 8 Sep. 2020 Yard signs proclaiming residents proudly vote by mail freckle the nation. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2020 The custard will get lightly freckled and the streusel will toast. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 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, 13 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

noun

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 freckle (audio) \ adjective

freckle

transitive verb
freckled; freckling\ ˈfrek-​(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce freckle (audio) \

Medical Definition of freckle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become marked with freckles

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