\ ˈpāl How to pronounce pail (audio) \

Definition of pail

1 : a usually cylindrical container with a handle : bucket a milk pail
2 : the quantity that a pail contains a pail of water

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pailful \ ˈpāl-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce pailful (audio) \ noun

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Examples of pail in a Sentence

A plastic beach pail was lying on the sand. She poured a pail of water on the campfire.
Recent Examples on the Web For an extra-large candle capable of warding mosquitoes away from nearly your whole porch, choose a large metal pail. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Easy DIY Citronella Candle Will Keep Bugs Away All Summer Long," 5 June 2020 Next, prosecutor Nicolazzi calls on her experts to explain the evidence: the locked doors, the hatchet, the pail of bloody rags and that burned dress. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, ""Lizzie Borden took an axe" — or did she? What would a jury say today?," 28 Mar. 2020 Bring a lightweight pail, rather than a plastic bag or metal bowl (which can present a suffocation or projectile hazard), for nauseated kids to throw up in. Marnie Hanel, New York Times, "How to Manage a Carsick Kid," 17 Apr. 2020 He was photographed on the cover, smiling and holding his lunch pail. Mark Kennedy, Anchorage Daily News, "Bill Withers, soulful singer of ‘Lean On Me’ and other hits, has died at 81," 3 Apr. 2020 Treat the bottom of the trail pail with the same level of care by wiping out any residue, gunk, or leftover food. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Roaches in 5 Easy Steps, According to Pest Control Experts," 30 Mar. 2020 First Cow, out March 6, is rich with such moments—milk splashing at the sides of a pail, a man pausing to pick wildflowers, sunlight rippling past tree branches—while also serving as Reichardt’s most warm and accessible film to date. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘First Cow’ director Kelly Reichardt on 19th-century Oregon and bovine headshots," 6 Mar. 2020 The latter purse is a graphic take on Cesta Collective's signature pail style, with oversized tassel accents. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "J.Crew Launches a Collaboration With Cesta Collective," 17 Mar. 2020 The eggs — which were peeled, hard-boiled, and packaged in plastic pails of various sizes at the facility — may have been sold to food service operators and restaurants to make ready-to-eat dishes such as egg salad and deviled eggs. Gabrielle Chung,, "Packaged Hard-Boiled Eggs Linked to Deadly Listeria Outbreak Across 5 States, CDC Warns," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of pail

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pail

Middle English payle, paille

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The first known use of pail was in the 14th century

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27 Jun 2020

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“Pail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pail

chiefly US
: a round container that is open at the top and usually has a handle
: the amount held by a pail


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Kids Definition of pail

1 : a usually round container with a handle : bucket
2 : pailful He poured out a pail of water.

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