- an acute infectious disease occurring mostly in children, characterized by catarrhal and febrile symptoms and an eruption of small red spots; rubeola.
- any of certain other eruptive diseases.Compare German measles.
Origin of measles
Examples from the Web for measles
A powdered form of the measles vaccine could make delivery safer and easier around the world.
So the new inhaled powder measles vaccine may in a few years turn out to be an easier way to protect kids from measles.
From 1962-1965, there was a worldwide epidemic of rubella, the so-called “German measles.”Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction|Sean B. Carroll|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile, the last outbreak of measles in Mississippi was reported in 1992, according to the state department of health.
This year was a record one for measles in the U.S., with 18 outbreaks, and almost 600 cases reported in 22 states in 2014.
The schooner had had measles on board, and the six prisoners had been deliberately exposed to it.South Sea Tales|Jack London
Of all the symptoms of measles, the catarrh of the mucous membranes is undoubtedly the most pathognomonic.
And measles it was, and a serious condition of affairs confronted Skipper Ed.Bobby of the Labrador|Dillon Wallace
"No, sir," answered Polly, not knowing in the least what "measles" was.Five Little Peppers And How They Grew|Margaret Sidney
You, for instance, couldn't catch tobacco mosaic virus, and the tobacco plant can't catch the measles virus.Islands of Space|John W Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for measles
noun (functioning as singular or plural)
Word Origin for measles
Word Origin and History for measles
infectious disease, early 14c., plural of Middle English masel, perhaps from Middle Dutch masel "blemish" (in plural "measles") or Middle Low German masele, from Proto-Germanic *mas- "spot, blemish" (cf. Old High German masla "blood-blister," German Masern "measles").
There might have been an Old English cognate, but if so it has not been recorded. Form probably influenced by Middle English mesel "leprous" (late 13c.).