Meaning of “cold sore” in the English Dictionary

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"cold sore" in British English

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cold sorenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkəʊld ˌsɔːr/ us /ˈkoʊld ˌsɔːr/

Examples from literature

  • The cold sore had vanished permanently under a régime of health-food, dumb-bells, and icy plunges. 
  • The combination of a cold sore or a small crack on the lip of the one and a mucous patch inside the lip of the other brings disaster very near. 
  • They may be mistaken for cold sores or the lesions about the opening of the rectum may be mistaken for hemorrhoids, or piles. 

(Definition of “cold sore” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cold sore" in American English

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cold sorenoun [ C ]

/ˈkoʊld ˌsɔr, ˈsoʊr/

a painful, red swelling on the lips or nose which is caused by a viral infection

(Definition of “cold sore” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)