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vail

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verb \ˈvāl\

Definition of vail

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to lower often as a sign of respect or submission



Origin and Etymology of vail

Middle English valen, partly from Anglo-French valer (short for avaler to lower) & partly short for Middle English avalen to let fall, from Anglo-French avaler, from aval downward, from a to (from Latin ad) + val valley — more at at, vale


First Known Use: 14th century


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