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

Many never even noticed their freckle before the meme went viral. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Internet is Freaking Out Because All of These Women Have a Freckle in the EXACT Same Spot," 30 May 2019 But Meghan rightfully stuck to her comfort zone for the wedding, settling on smoky eyeshadow, sheer-pink lips, dewy skin, and, of course, letting her signature freckles shine through. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Thanked Meghan Markle's Wedding Makeup Artist for Making Her Look Like Herself," 8 Aug. 2018 Thankfully, Markle's delicate freckles weren't covered up by her foundation (which may or may not have been Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, a favorite of Markle's and many an Allure editor), and her lips only held a hint of soft, pink color. Sam Escobar, Allure, "How Meghan Markle’s Hair & Makeup Compares to the Bridal Looks of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana," 19 May 2018 To go with her new au natural look, the model went completely bare-faced, allowing her freckles to shine through. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Goes Back to Dirty Blonde With a Transformative Dye Job," 25 Mar. 2019 Everything from her loose waves, to her freckles, to her engagement ring were precisely copied for the statue. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Meghan Markle's Wax Figure Compares to Kate Middleton's," 9 May 2018 Granted, there's that slight chance the freckles were drawn in, but still! Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Is Totally Unrecognizable With This Insane Makeunder," 5 June 2018 Skipping between shows, Reese and Molly Blutstein’s scattered freckles and bare, peachy complexions offered a soft balance to their more daring ensembles. Vogue, "The Best Street Style Beauty Looks From the Spring 2019 Shows," 4 Oct. 2018 Soderbergh’s iPhones catch every freckle and fleeting, panicky glance on Foy’s face in fish-eye perspectives or micro-close-ups. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Unsane' review: 'The Crown's' Claire Foy takes a stroll down Shock Corridor," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The top racers are tanned and freckled from time spent running outside, with muscular arms and uneven tan lines. Pia Peterson, New York Times, "Road Race of the Superwomen," 5 July 2018 Today Frances is a slender, lightly freckled 12-year-old with her dad's warm brown eyes. Maia Szalavitz, Scientific American, "Autism—It's Different in Girls," 1 Mar. 2016 The sugar cookie dough is freckled with colorful sprinkles. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "A new summer treat: Cookie dough that’s safe to eat," 2 July 2018 This is big news about the most interesting part of Meghan Markle's wedding day beauty routine: the barely there foundation that inspired tweets and freckle envy around the world. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Meghan Markle’s Wedding Foundation Is Exactly as Good as It Looked," 15 June 2018 These scenes have become routine for commuters who use the busy downtown station to get to City Hall, the Main Library or the arts institutions that freckle Mid-Market and the Civic Center. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "BART’s cat-and-mouse game to keep SF stations clean," 28 Apr. 2018 What if the whiteness of my new teeth doesn’t match the rest of my face— freckled, uneven, and often makeup-free? Lena Dunham, Vogue, "Lena Dunham Got the Message: The Internet Does Not Like Her Teeth," 16 Apr. 2018 The assortment of vegetables growing inside the greenhouse includes red beets, freckled lettuce, Easter egg radish, rainbow carrots, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Rundown house becomes gardening lab after anonymous gift to Highland Park school," 24 Apr. 2018 Odd facts freckle every page, as in his mention that Thoreau’s cabin, now long gone, was probably plastered with sand left by laborers building the nearby railroad, his primitive abode lined with the residue of industrial progress. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "Spring Books: Nature," 11 Apr. 2018

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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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More Definitions for freckle

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 freckled (audio) \ adjective

freckle

transitive verb
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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