a minor disfigurement or blemish on a person's skin at birth; nevus.


Origin of birthmark

First recorded in 1570–80; birth + mark1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Or thus: 'Haven't you a birthmark on the back of your neck?' '


    Maurus Jokai

  • They are outside of the individual experience as much as a birthmark.

  • But the birthmark on its wrist was branded on my brain so that I could not forget it.

    Children of the Dawn

    Elsie Finnimore Buckley

  • A supreme act is recognizable at sight: it bears the birthmark of immortality.


    Booth Tarkington

  • It seems as if the travail and yearning of his mother had passed upon him as a birthmark.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for birthmark



a blemish or new growth on skin formed before birth, usually brown or dark red; naevus
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Word Origin and History for birthmark

also birth-mark, by 1805, from birth (n.) + mark (n.1). Birth marks in 17c. could be longing marks; supposedly they showed the image of something longed for by the mother while expecting. Related: Birthmarked.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for birthmark




A mole or blemish present on the skin from birth; a nevus.
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