hot spot

noun
variants: or less commonly hotspot \ ˈhät-​ˌspät How to pronounce hot spot (audio) \
plural hot spots also hotspots

Definition of hot spot

1 : a place of more than usual interest, activity, or popularity birding hot spots
2 : a place in the upper mantle of the earth at which hot magma from the lower mantle upwells to melt through the crust usually in the interior of a tectonic plate to form a volcanic feature also : a place in the crust overlying a hot spot
3a : an area of political, military, or civil unrest usually considered dangerous global hot spots
b : a place or area (such as a city or region of a country) where there is an elevated prevalence or increased transmission risk of a disease The city became a COVID-19 hot spot.
4 : a place where a wireless Internet connection is available
5 : an inflamed patch of moist infected skin on a domestic animal and especially a dog

Examples of hot spot in a Sentence

The new restaurant is the latest hot spot in town. This part of the country is a hot spot of rebel activity.
Recent Examples on the Web The Amazon Prime comedy follows four thirtysomething women friends navigating life and love in the titular cultural hot spot. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 1 Dec. 2021 On Friday, there were 421 more deaths reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,784 since Monday — a level last seen in the spring when the central European region was a global virus hot spot. Vanessa Gera, ajc, 26 Nov. 2021 His oeuvre notably includes Stanley’s Mannia Cafe, a 1970s-era Chinese restaurant and hot spot favored by Motown stars and Coleman Young, the city’s first Black mayor. Penelope Green, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Nov. 2021 The news comes amid the fourth coronavirus surge in Michigan — the nation's hot spot for cases. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 24 Nov. 2021 The World Health Organization reported last week Europe was the latest hot spot of the pandemic, the only region in which covid-19 deaths were rising. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 22 Nov. 2021 His oeuvre notably includes Stanley’s Mannia Cafe, a 1970s-era Chinese restaurant and hot spot favored by Motown stars and Coleman Young, the city’s first Black mayor. New York Times, 22 Nov. 2021 Michigan catapulted Tuesday to the worst COVID-19 hot spot in the nation, as the seven-day case rate rose to 503.8 per 100,000 residents, according to the CDC. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 Should a patron not return the hot spot, Gaskill said the library will contact the provider to disconnect it, and the person will not be able to use library services until it is returned. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 18 Nov. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hot spot.' 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 hot spot

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Buying Guide

Our team at The Usage has selected the best mobile hotspot of 2021.

Learn More About hot spot

Time Traveler for hot spot

Time Traveler

The first known use of hot spot was in 1887

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near hot spot

hot slaw

hot spot

hot spring

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for hot spot

Last Updated

6 Dec 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hot spot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hot%20spot. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for hot spot

hot spot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hot spot

: a very popular or active place
: a place where there is much danger or fighting
: a place (such as an area in a restaurant or hotel) where it is possible to make a wireless connection to the Internet

hot spot

noun
variants: also hotspot \ ˈhät-​ˌspät How to pronounce hot spot (audio) \

Medical Definition of hot spot

1 : a patch of painful moist inflamed skin on a domestic animal and especially a dog that starts as a response to a skin irritant (as an allergen or an insect or tick bite), that is rapidly worsened by scratching, chewing, or licking the affected area, and that may become seriously infected if not promptly cleaned and medicated
2 : a place or area (as a city or region of a country) where there is an elevated prevalence or an increased transmission risk of a disease (as cholera, diabetes, or malaria)
3 : a site in genetic material (as DNA or a chromosome) having a high frequency of mutation or recombination

More from Merriam-Webster on hot spot

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for hot spot

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

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!