noun \ˈpāl\

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

: the amount held by a pail

Full Definition of PAIL

:  a usually cylindrical container with a handle :  bucket
:  the quantity that a pail contains
pail·ful \-ˌfl\ noun

Examples of PAIL

  1. A plastic beach pail was lying on the sand.
  2. She poured a pail of water on the campfire.

Origin of PAIL

Middle English payle, paille
First Known Use: 14th century


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