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



    BrE BrE//pɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɪl//
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  1. 1  [countable] a small flat round piece of medicine that you swallow without chewing it a vitamin pill Take three pills daily after meals. (informal) pill-popping (= the act of taking too many pills or using illegal drugs) The doctor prescribed her some pills to help her sleep. see also pep pill, sleeping pill See related entries: Medication
  2. 2the pill, the Pill [singular] a pill that some women take to prevent them becoming pregnant the contraceptive pill to be/go on the pill Her doctor put her on the pill at 16. see also morning-after pill
  3. 3[countable] (North American English) an annoying person
  4. Word Originnoun late Middle English: ultimately from Latin pilula ‘little ball’, diminutive of pila; compare with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pille.Idioms
    a bitter pill (for somebody) (to swallow)
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    a fact or an event that is unpleasant and difficult to accept The election defeat was a bitter pill for the party to swallow.
    to do something that makes an unpleasant situation seem less unpleasant synonym sugar-coat
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pill