Definition of rash in English:

rash

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Pronunciation: /raʃ
 
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noun

1An area of redness and spots on a person’s skin, appearing especially as a result of illness: a red itchy rash appeared on her legs next day he broke out in a rash
More example sentences
  • In a few cases, major skin rashes appeared 12-24 hr following exposure.
  • Certain inflammatory diseases can affect your skin, causing rashes and lesions.
  • Prickly heat is a very itchy red skin rash, causing a prickling or burning feeling.
Synonyms
spots, skin eruption, breakout; hives, heat rash, nettle rash, nappy rash
technical erythema, exanthema, urticaria, papules, roseola, purpura, pompholyx
2A series of things of the same type, especially when unwelcome, happening within a short space of time: a rash of strikes by health-service workers
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  • The run-up to the 30th anniversary produced a rash of new revelations and bitter polemics.
  • The rash of strikes on the railways and elsewhere should quickly disabuse them of that delusion.
  • Just like they said when those very same refineries were shut down because of a rash of accidents, it was going to cost us.
Synonyms
series, succession; spate, wave, flood, deluge, torrent; outbreak, plague, epidemic, explosion, run, flurry
rare boutade

Origin

early 18th century: probably related to Old French rasche 'eruptive sores, scurf'; compare with Italian raschia 'itch'.

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