Definition of piles in English:

piles

Line breaks: piles
Pronunciation: /pʌɪlz
 
/

noun

  • Haemorrhoids.
    More example sentences
    • Stomach ulcers, piles, ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon) and bowel cancer may cause bleeding in the gut and result in anaemia.
    • Haemorrhoids, also known as piles are rather like varicose veins in the canal of the anus.
    • Unfortunately confusion still exists among lay people and doctors, who misuse the terms haemorrhoids and piles to cover a variety of complaints.

Origin

late Middle English: probably from Latin pila 'ball' (because of the globular form of external haemorrhoids).

More definitions of piles

Definition of piles in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw