\ 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 \ -​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.

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Take the bareroot Wisteria and soak the roots in a pail of water for a few hours. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Home Depot is Selling Wisteria Trees You Can Plant in Your Backyard—For Just $23," 16 Apr. 2019 The team was only allowed to leave after several players were filmed kicking over pails full of milk in a gesture of solidarity. Daniella Matar, The Seattle Times, "Ronaldo helps Juventus win but almost knocks teammate out," 10 Feb. 2019 Recently, Fasciano and Ryder got 3-D printed molds of their lunch pail shape and shipped them to Rwanda, which increased the weavers’ efficiency by 200 percent—and since each woman is paid per basket, not per hour, that’s more money in her pocket. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Duo Behind Cesta Collective Is Building a “Next-Gen Sustainable Brand” in Africa," 16 Nov. 2018 And one of the walk-up food locations is a lunch pail that’s been propped up with a giant thermos. Mekado Murphy, New York Times, "Walk Among Giants — Woody Included — at Disney World's New Toy Story Land," 28 June 2018 Cesta Collective’s fun checkerboard piece comes in the silhouette of a cheerful lunch pail, while Boyy’s mixed media bag is a festive melange of raffia, leather, and PVC. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Best Street Style–Approved Bags for Fall and Beyond," 27 Aug. 2018 Once inside the new space, visitors will find: Backyard Explore, including an open field perfect for unstructured play and picnics as well as a digging area complete with shovels and pails. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A. Botanical Garden opening new all-ages play area," 26 Feb. 2018 On Sunday night, after the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors, 122-103, in the second game of the best-of-seven series, James sat silently at his locker at Oracle Arena here with his feet in a blue pail of ice water. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "LeBron James: The Strange Thrill of a One-Man Show," 6 June 2018 His late arrival may have been glitzy, but the defensive end brought his lunch pail to the field and was toasting right tackle Winston Justice after just a few practices. Jeff Mclane,, "Winning another Super Bowl is why Eagles' Brandon Graham is willing to play out his contract | Jeff McLane," 9 June 2018

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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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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


\ 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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