Definition of measles in English:


Syllabification: mea·sles
Pronunciation: /ˈmēzəlz


(often the measles) [treated as singular]
1An infectious viral disease causing fever and a red rash on the skin, typically occurring in childhood.
More example sentences
  • Higher temperatures will mean increased incidences of vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and measles.
  • Thousands of the Aztecs died from ordinary diseases - measles and the flu.
  • Because of vaccine shortages, such diseases as whooping cough, measles, mumps, and even polio (which had been all but eradicated) have also increased.
1.1A disease of pigs and other animals caused by the encysted larvae of the human tapeworm.


Middle 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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