a mark left by a healed wound, sore, or burn.
a lasting aftereffect of trouble, especially a lasting psychological injury resulting from suffering or trauma.
any blemish remaining as a trace of or resulting from injury or use.
Botany. a mark indicating a former point of attachment, as where a leaf has fallen from a stem.

verb (used with object), scarred, scar·ring.

to mark with a scar.

verb (used without object), scarred, scar·ring.

to form a scar in healing.

Origin of scar

1350–1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of eschar
Related formsscar·less, adjectiveun·scarred, adjective



noun British.

a precipitous, rocky place; cliff.
a low or submerged rock in the sea.

Origin of scar

1300–50; Middle English skerre < Old Norse sker skerry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scar

Contemporary Examples of scar

Historical Examples of scar

  • There was a scar on one cheek, and, altogether, he was not very prepossessing in his appearance.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "The man who stared at me over his candle has a scar on his forehead," said Biddy.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • That slit had healed now, but the scar was always at his throat, and in both their hearts.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Had he laid a finger-weight of sympathy on her, would it not have left a scar for life?

    Bride of the Mistletoe

    James Lane Allen

  • The other so young the only scar he had was the mark of the attram.

    Arm of the Law

    Harry Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for scar




any mark left on the skin or other tissue following the healing of a wound
a permanent change in a person's character resulting from emotional distresshis wife's death left its scars on him
the mark on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp the attachment of a leaf to a stem
a mark of damage; blemish

verb scars, scarring or scarred

to mark or become marked with a scar
(intr) to heal leaving a scar

Word Origin for scar

C14: via Late Latin from Greek eskhara scab




an irregular enlongated trench-like feature on a land surface that often exposes bedrock
a similar formation in a river or sea
Also called (Scot): scaur

Word Origin for scar

C14: from Old Norse sker low reef, skerry
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Word Origin and History for scar

late 14c., from Old French escare "scab" (Modern French escarre), from Late Latin eschara, from Greek eskhara "scab formed after a burn," literally "hearth, fireplace," of unknown origin. English sense probably influenced by Middle English skar (late 14c.) "crack, cut, incision," from Old Norse skarð, related to score (n.). Figurative sense attested from 1580s.


1550s, from scar (n.1). Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Scarred; scarring.


"bare and broken rocky face of a cliff or mountain," 1670s, earlier "rock, crag" (14c.), perhaps from Old Norse sker "isolated rock or low reef in the sea," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

scar in Medicine




The fibrous tissue that replaces normal tissue destroyed by injury or disease.


To mark with a scar or become marked with a scar.
To form scar.
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