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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Glamour: Everyone was obsessing over Meghan's freckles. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Exclusive: Meghan Markle's Makeup Artist Shares Every Detail of Her Royal Wedding Look," 23 May 2018 Yellowed redtip photinias and Indian hawthorns, often with maroon freckles all over their leaves. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Overgrown shrubs? Thinning turfgrass? Here are solutions to common gardening struggles," 13 June 2018 So many moles and freckles were cut from my body in every possible place. Rachel Francis, Good Housekeeping, "Melanoma Has Haunted Me for 10 Long Years," 28 Dec. 2017 Jenner also slyly zoomed in on her own face, showcasing her clear complexion, subtle freckles and lush eyelashes behind Stormi's messy head of hair. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Kylie Jenner Relaxes With Baby Stormi in Adorable New Photos," 24 Apr. 2018 Ray’s killer was predicted to have brown or dark brown skin with no freckles, brown or black eyes and black hair. Deanna Boyd, star-telegram, "He worked to steer troubled youths from crime, but Ray Hernandez died a murder victim," 2 July 2018 Its cover photo is a headshot of Ms. Aguilera seemingly without makeup that reveals — shock! — freckles. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Christina Aguilera Exults in Her Voice on ‘Liberation’," 13 June 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'freckle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about freckle

Statistics for freckle

Last Updated

14 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for freckle

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on freckle

What made you want to look up freckle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

evasion of direct action or statement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!