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pale

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noun \ˈpāl\

Definition of pale

  1. 1 archaic :  palisade, paling

  2. 2 a :  one of the stakes of a palisade b :  picket

  3. 3 a :  a space or field having bounds :  enclosure b :  a territory or district within certain bounds or under a particular jurisdiction

  4. 4 :  an area or the limits within which one is privileged or protected (as from censure) <conduct that was beyond the pale>

  5. 5 :  a perpendicular stripe on a heraldic shield



Origin of pale

Middle English, from Anglo-French pel, pal stake, from Latin palus — more at pole


First Known Use: 12th century


2

pale

verb

Definition of pale

paledpal·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to enclose with pales :  fence



14th Century

First Known Use of pale

14th century


3

pale

adjective

Simple Definition of pale

  • : light in color

  • : having a skin color that is closer to white than is usual or normal

  • of light : not bright or intense

Full Definition of pale

pal·erpal·est

  1. 1 :  deficient in color or intensity of color :  pallid <a pale complexion>

  2. 2 :  not bright or brilliant :  dim <a pale sun shining through the fog>

  3. 3 :  feeble, faint <a pale imitation>

  4. 4 :  deficient in chroma <a pale pink>

pale·ly play \ˈpāl-lē\ adverb
pale·ness play \-nəs\ noun
pal·ish play \ˈpā-lish\ adjective

Examples of pale

  1. the pale wood of the table

  2. The walls were painted a pale blue.

  3. She has a pale complexion.

  4. Her illness had left her pale and weak.

  5. She grew pale with fright.

  6. Are you feeling well? You look pale.

  7. the pale light of dawn



Origin of pale

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pallidus, from pallēre to be pale — more at fallow


First Known Use: 14th century


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pale

verb

Definition of pale

paledpal·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become pale

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make pale



14th Century

First Known Use of pale

14th century


pale-

combining form

Definition of pale-

  1. 1 :  involving or dealing with ancient forms or conditions <paleobotany>

  2. 2 :  early :  primitive :  archaic <Paleolithic>



Variants of pale-

or paleo-

Origin of pale-

Greek palai-, palaio- ancient, from palaios, from palai long ago; probably akin to Greek tēle far off, Sanskrit carama last


Medical Dictionary

pale

play
adjective \ˈpā(ə)l\

Medical Definition of pale

pal·erpal·est

  1. :  deficient in color or intensity of color <a pale face>

  2. pale·ness \-nəs\play noun




pale-

combining form

Medical Definition of pale-

  1. :  early :  old <paleopathology>



Variants of pale-

or paleo- or chiefly British palae- or palaeo-



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