\ ˈdāl How to pronounce dale (audio) \

Definition of dale

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: valley, vale went riding over hill and dale


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\ ˈdāl How to pronounce Dale (audio) \

Definition of Dale (Entry 2 of 3)

Sir Henry Hallett 1875–1968 English physiologist


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Definition of Dale (Entry 3 of 3)

Sir Thomas died 1619 English colonial administrator in Virginia

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Synonyms for dale

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of dale in a Sentence

Noun the beautiful hills and dales of our county a hunting lodge in a secluded dale in the country
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There will be additional food items available for purchase, including foolish mortal funnel cake and an apple ginger dale frozen drink. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 2 June 2021 Why do so many Twin Cities mall names end in 'dale'? Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 Hike along the River Swale, discovering waterfalls and enchanting hamlets tucked in among the dales. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 Harrogate is 25 miles from the village of Haworth, where the Brontë family lived, and both are within easy reach of both the moors and the dales. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2018 Follow the arrows for Descanso Trail into a narrow dale shaded by oak trees, keeping a black mesh fence on your left. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, 10 Mar. 2018 The atypical placement of the bunkers was a function of the distinctive topography of the site — hummocks, gorges, hills and dales that slanted and dipped. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 14 June 2017 Unlike the miles of hiking trails that climb over hill and dale and greenways that twist and turn along the banks of rivers, rail trails are generally flat with long, gentle curves. Joseph A. O'brien Jr., courant.com, 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of dale


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dale


Middle English, from Old English dæl; akin to Old High German tal valley, Welsh dôl

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“Dale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dale. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dale

: valley


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Kids Definition of dale

: valley

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