Definition of plague spot in US English:

plague spot


  • 1A spot on the skin symptomatic of the bubonic plague or of another plague-like illness.

  • 2Specifically figurative. An evil or undesirable person regarded as a symptom of the diseases of society.

  • 3A place associated with bubonic plague.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Gataker (1574–1654), Church of England clergyman and scholar. From plague + spot [adverb].


plague spot

/ˈpleɪɡ spɒt/