Definition of measles noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmiːzlz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːzlz//
[uncountable] Ailments and diseases
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an infectious disease, especially of children, that causes fever and small red spots that cover the whole body All our children have had the measles. see also German measles See related entries: Ailments and diseases Word OriginMiddle English maseles, probably from Middle Dutch masel ‘pustule’ (compare with modern Dutch mazelen ‘measles’). The spelling change was due to association with Middle English mesel ‘leprous, leprosy’.
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