Meaning of “scar” in the English Dictionary

"scar" in British English

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scarnoun [ C ]

uk /skɑːr/ us /skɑːr/

B2 a mark left on part of the body after an injury, such as a cut, has healed:

That burn will leave a bad scar.
scar tissue
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C1 a sign of damage to a person's mental state:

His early years in the refugee camp left a deep psychological scar.

a sign of physical destruction in a place:

Every village bears the scars of war .

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  • He had a long scar across his cheek.
  • Her scar healed, but the redness remained for a long time.
  • His face is covered with scar tissue where he was badly burned.
  • "Just look at this scar!" said Aaron proudly, rolling up his trouser leg.
  • They did a very neat job stitching up your knee - there's hardly a scar there.

scarverb [ T often passive ]

uk /skɑːr/ us /skɑːr/ -rr-

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

"scar" in American English

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scarnoun [ C ]

us /skɑr/

a mark left on the skin by a cut or burn that has healed:

fig. The loss of a parent causes permanent scars for many children.
scar
verb [ T ] us /skɑr/ -rr-

She was badly scarred by the fire.

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