freckle

noun
freck·​le | \ˈfre-kəl \

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 \

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 \ 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

Never one to shy away from a bold hair or makeup risk, Jenner has recently experimented with everything from retro wigs to fake freckles. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Debuts a Radical New Take on Red Carpet Eyeliner," 12 Nov. 2018 Analyzing everything from changes in personal style, arm freckle pattern, handwriting, and eye shape, to Avril’s choice of words and punctuation on Twitter, fans have built a serious case for some of kind of switcheroo. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Avril Lavigne Called the Doppelgänger Conspiracy Theory About Her Death "So Weird"," 2 Nov. 2018 Makeup artist Daniel Martin, the creative consultant for Honest Beauty, Dior Beauty brand ambassador and a longtime friend of Meghan’s, created her makeup look, which used minimal foundation to accentuate the Suits actress’s gorgeous freckles. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Embraced Her Favorite Feature on Her Royal Wedding Day: Her Freckles!," 19 May 2018 Yes, fake freckle tattoos exist — and everyone seems to want them now. refinery29.com, "People Are Getting Tattoos To Match Meghan Markle's Freckles," 5 June 2018 Under the chapel’s soft lights, Markle’s freckles were a can’t-miss on naturally bronze cheeks under sheer, pink blush. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Royal wedding style: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's nuptials were beautiful and authentic | Elizabeth Wellington," 19 May 2018 In this case, that has let detectives to know, fairly confidently, that the suspect is white, has blue eyes and no freckles, and has a certain shape to his head, Homrock said. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "A research biologist was raped and killed 24 years ago. Police say attacker may have looked like this.," 9 July 2018 Watson prefers to let her natural freckles and skin texture show on the red carpet, using all-natural and organic makeup to lightly define her eyes. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "#TheLIST: Dream Celeb Beauty Lines," 4 Apr. 2018 Aided by makeup artist and long-time friend Daniel Martin, Markle embraced her glowing complexion and natural freckles with minimal facial makeup, focusing instead on softly highlighting features like her strong brows, lush lashes and rosy cheeks. Cady Lang, Time, "Megan Markle's Wedding Makeup for the Royal Wedding Accentuated Her Natural Beauty," 19 May 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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective

freckle

transitive verb
freckled; freckling\ˈfrek-​(ə-​)liŋ \

Medical Definition of freckle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become marked with freckles

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