Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun [countable] spot pronunciation in American English /spɑt/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    the particular place where someone or something is
    We found him sitting in a sunny spot in the yard.
    mark the spot: Flowers mark the spot where the accident happened.
    the very/exact spot: The king himself had stood on this very spot.
    1. a.
      a particular place on your body
      a sore/tender spot: There is a sore spot on my head where I bumped it.
    2. b.
      a particular town, city, or area
      one of the region’s best-known tourist spots
    3. c.
      informal a particular place where people go for entertainment
      a spot that is popular with the younger set
  2. 2
    a small dirty mark that should not be there
    a spot of paint on the step
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      a small round area of color that is different than the color of the surface around it and that often forms part of a pattern
      spot of: spots of yellow
      with spots: The flower is yellow with red spots.
  3. 3
    informal a position in an order, for example in a competition
    The book occupied the number-one bestseller spot for four months.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      a position within a series of events, for example in a television or radio program
      She had a five-minute spot on a local radio show.
  4. 6
    mainly British a small amount of something, usually a liquid
    spot of: I felt a few spots of rain on my face.



used to describe foods which don't contain ingredients such as wheat, dairy products etc …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

red market

the buying and selling of human organs

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog