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pale

play
noun \ˈpāl\

Definition of pale

  1. 1 archaic :  palisade, paling

  2. 2a :  one of the stakes of a palisadeb :  picket

  3. 3a :  a space or field having bounds :  enclosure The cattle were led into the pale.b :  a territory or district within certain bounds or under a particular jurisdiction British culture survived even within the Roman pale.

  4. 4 :  an area or the limits within which one is privileged or protected (as from censure) conduct that was beyond the pale

  5. 5 :  a perpendicular stripe on a heraldic shield

Origin and Etymology of pale

Middle English, from Anglo-French pel, pal stake, from Latin palus — more at pole


First Known Use: 12th century


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pale

verb

Definition of pale

paled

;

paling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to enclose with pales :  fence

Origin and Etymology of pale

see 1pale


First Known Use: 14th century


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pale

adjective

Definition of pale

paler

;

palest

  1. 1 :  deficient in color or intensity of color :  pallid a pale complexion

  2. 2 :  not bright or brilliant :  dim a pale sun shining through the fog

  3. 3 :  feeble, faint a pale imitation

  4. 4 :  deficient in chroma a pale pink

palely

play \ˈpāl-lē\ adverb

paleness

play \ˈpāl-nəs\ noun

palish

play \ˈpā-lish\ adjective

Examples of pale in a sentence

  1. the pale wood of the table

  2. The walls were painted a pale blue.

  3. She has a pale complexion.

  4. Her illness had left her pale and weak.

  5. She grew pale with fright.

  6. Are you feeling well? You look pale.

  7. the pale light of dawn

Origin and Etymology of pale

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pallidus, from pallēre to be pale — more at fallow


First Known Use: 14th century


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pale

verb

Definition of pale

paled

;

paling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become pale

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make pale

14th Century

First Known Use of pale

14th century


pale-

combining form
variants: or

paleo-

Definition of pale-

  1. 1 :  involving or dealing with ancient forms or conditions paleobotany

  2. 2 :  early :  primitive :  archaic Paleolithic

Origin and Etymology of pale-

Greek palai-, palaio- ancient, from palaios, from palai long ago; probably akin to Greek tēle far off, Sanskrit carama last



PALE Defined for English Language Learners


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pale

adjective

Definition of pale for English Language Learners

  • : light in color

  • : having a skin color that is closer to white than is usual or normal

  • of light : not bright or intense


PALE Defined for Kids

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pale

play
adjective \ˈpāl\

Definition of pale for Students

paler

;

palest

  1. 1 :  having very light skin

  2. 2 :  having a lighter skin color than normal because of sickness or fear

  3. 3 :  not bright or brilliant a pale star

  4. 4 :  light in color or shade pale pink

paleness

noun

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pale

play
verb

Definition of pale for Students

paled

;

paling

  1. 1 :  to lose color She paled when the wound was described to her.

  2. 2 :  to make or become less adequate, impressive, or intense My science project paled in comparison to those of the other students.


Medical Dictionary

pale

play
adjective \ˈpā(ə)l\

Medical Definition of pale

paler

;

palest

  1. :  deficient in color or intensity of color a pale face

paleness

\-nəs\play noun


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