from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mild contagious eruptive disease caused by a virus and capable of producing congenital defects in infants born to mothers infected during the first three months of pregnancy. Also called German measles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mild disease caused by the Rubella virus infecting the respiratory tract, and characterised by a rash of pink dots, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An acute but mild viral infection characterized by a dusky red cutaneous eruption resembling that of measles, but attended by only mild respiratory problems or fever; -- called also German measles. The infective virus is called Rubella virus, or Rubivirus. If contracted by a woman during the first several months of pregnancy, rubella may cause serious abnormalities in the fetus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A usually insignificant contagious disease, with a rose-colored eruption, slight catarrhal symptoms in the mucous membranes of the head and larger air-passages of the chest, and usually slight pyrexia and cervical lymphadenitis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a contagious viral disease that is a milder form of measles lasting three or four days; can be damaging to a fetus during the first trimester


From Latin, neuter pl. of rubellus, red, from ruber.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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