\ 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 pail (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 The Rodermans said pasties provided a high-calorie, high-protein meal that could be carried in a pocket or a pail. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 July 2022 Compost at home by putting your food scraps in kitchen counter pail or in a resealable container in the freezer. Karen Garciastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2022 He and his wife, Lida, 68, bicycle here twice a day to fill a pail. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 While volunteers aren’t required to have any special equipment, brooms and rakes are recommended items to have, as are a trash grabber, gloves, a shovel, a pail or yard waste basket, a safety vest and orange cones, according to the department. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 June 2022 The movie’s bloody extremes are not at all beside the point, otherwise our introduction to this story wouldn’t be a young boy sitting under his bathroom sink to eat a garbage pail and subsequently being murdered for it. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 11 June 2022 Chase enjoyed picking the berries that overtopped his pail, along with feeding and petting the goats, his two favorite activities at the farm. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2022 Don’t let this sort of beach pail drift away at sea. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 20 May 2022 Everything from pasta alfredo to apple cinnamon cereal to vanilla pudding is in a single, ready-to-go pail. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Pail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈpāl How to pronounce pail (audio) \

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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