shingles

noun, plural in form but singular in construction shin·gles \ ˈshiŋ-gəlz \

Definition of shingles

: an acute viral inflammation of the sensory ganglia of spinal and cranial nerves that is associated with a vesicular eruption and neuralgic pains and is caused by reactivation of the herpesvirus causing chicken pox called also herpes zoster, zoster

Recent Examples of shingles from the Web

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

Origin and Etymology of shingles

Middle English schingles, by folk etymology from Medieval Latin cingulus, from Latin cingulum girdle — more at cingulum


SHINGLES Defined for English Language Learners

shingles

noun

Definition of shingles for English Language Learners

  • medical : a disease that causes pain and red marks on your skin along the path of a nerve


Medical Dictionary

shingles

noun plural but singular in construction shin·gles \ ˈshiŋ-gəlz \

medical Definition of shingles

: an acute viral inflammation of the sensory ganglia of spinal and cranial nerves associated with a vesicular eruption and neuralgic pain and caused by reactivation of the herpesvirus causing chicken pox called also herpes zoster, zona, zoster

Learn More about shingles


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to provide what is needed to exist

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman-tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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!