Definition of piles in English:


plural noun

  • Haemorrhoids.

    • ‘Unfortunately confusion still exists among lay people and doctors, who misuse the terms haemorrhoids and piles to cover a variety of complaints.’
    • ‘Piles are incredibly common - at least 50 per cent of people suffer with them at some time.’
    • ‘Husband and wife, Jean and Fred, had piles for most of their lives, but were too embarrassed to seek help.’
    • ‘Piles tend to be caused by factors that cause the blood vessels to swell, including anything that increases pressure inside the abdomen such as constipation, pregnancy and being overweight.’
    • ‘Surgical removal of piles is called haemorrhoidectomy.’
    • ‘Stomach ulcers, piles, ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon) and bowel cancer may cause bleeding in the gut and result in anaemia.’
    • ‘Haemorrhoids, also known as piles are rather like varicose veins in the canal of the anus.’
    • ‘A Dalit woman who had come to a local private nursing home for treatment of piles, allegedly died because of doctor's negligence.’
    • ‘Like varicose veins, piles often improve or disappear completely after the baby is born, but occasionally surgery is needed.’


Late Middle English: probably from Latin pila ‘ball’ (because of the globular form of external haemorrhoids).