A freckle is a small, brownish spot on the skin. You might have a few freckles on your nose, or a lot of freckles across your shoulders and arms.

Most babies don't have any freckles, but people who are genetically predisposed to them and spend time in the sun tend to get freckles as children. People with pale skin, and sometimes red hair, have a tendency to get freckles and are more vulnerable to the sun's UV rays. If you have freckles, you should definitely use sunblock. When new freckles appear, you can say that you freckle.

Definitions of freckle

n a small brownish spot (of the pigment melanin) on the skin

Type of:
macula, macule
a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases

v become freckled

“I freckle easily”
Type of:
become spotted

v mark with freckles

Type of:
mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition

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