Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

pail

play
noun \ˈpāl\

Simple Definition of pail

  • : a round container that is open at the top and usually has a handle

  • : the amount held by a pail

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pail

  1. 1 :  a usually cylindrical container with a handle :  bucket

  2. 2 :  the quantity that a pail contains

pailful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of pail in a sentence

  1. A plastic beach pail was lying on the sand.

  2. She poured a pail of water on the campfire.



Origin and Etymology of pail

Middle English payle, paille


First Known Use: 14th century


PAIL Defined for Kids

pail

play
noun \ˈpāl\

Definition of pail for Students

  1. 1 :  a usually round container with a handle :  bucket

  2. 2 :  pailful <He poured out a pail of water.>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pail? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or near a shore

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

megillah rebellion interruption torrent
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ