pall

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1pall

verb \ˈpl\

Definition of PALL

intransitive verb
1
:  to lose strength or effectiveness
2
:  to lose in interest or attraction <his humor began to pall on us>
3
:  dwindle <our enthusiasm soon palled>
transitive verb
1
:  to cause to become insipid
2
:  to deprive of pleasure in something by satiating

Origin of PALL

Middle English, short for appallen to become pale — more at appall
First Known Use: 14th century

2pall

noun

: something (such as a cloud of smoke) that covers a place and makes it dark

: a heavy cloth that is used for covering a coffin, hearse, or tomb

Full Definition of PALL

1
:  pallium 1a
2
a :  a square of linen usually stiffened with cardboard that is used to cover the chalice
b (1) :  a heavy cloth draped over a coffin
(2) :  a coffin especially when holding a body
3
a :  something that covers or conceals; especially :  an overspreading element that produces an effect of gloom <a pall of thick black smoke> <a pall of suspicion>
b :  a feeling of gloom <his absence cast a pall over the celebration>

Examples of PALL

  1. <bearing her husband's pall were her four brothers and two nephews>
  2. <a persistent pall of distrust has overtaken this administration and will remain until the president resigns>

Origin of PALL

Middle English, cloak, mantle, from Old English pæll, from Latin pallium
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

3pall

verb

Definition of PALL

transitive verb
:  to cover with a pall :  drape

First Known Use of PALL

15th century

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