pal·​lor | \ ˈpa-lər How to pronounce pallor (audio) \

Definition of pallor

: deficiency of color especially of the face : paleness The boy's sickly pallor concerned his parents.

Examples of pallor in a Sentence

The boy's sickly pallor concerned his mother even though he had no fever.

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Another standout Owens influence comes from the Spring 2016 collection that featured models carrying models: in this exhibition, a Rick mannequin— with a slightly greenish pallor—holds a mannequin on his shoulders. Vogue, "Rick Owens and Estonian Rapper Tommy Cash Stage a Wonderfully Weird Exhibition," 3 May 2019 The pair already have a pallor just putting the nuclear reactor through the reckless tests. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Chernobyl' recap: Final, horrifying episode features the radioactive political fallout," 26 Apr. 2018 Some images in their Instagram feed show Dalton with a postmortem alien glaze complete with lavender pallor and fully green eyes, and with butterflies applied to her face. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Watch Fecal Matter’s Extreme, 3-Hour Beauty Routine in 7 Minutes," 28 Mar. 2019 For seven seasons, Skarsgård avoided the sun to attain Eric’s vampiric pallor and romped among werewolves, shape-shifters and other supernatural species on the show. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "Alexander Skarsgård in His Element," 6 Sep. 2018 Cary Grant had a tan to offset Grace Kelly's pallor in To Catch a Thief. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 16 Dec. 2012 Symptoms of this syndrome include fever, abdominal pain, fatigue, small unexplained bruises or bleeding, and pallor. Susan Scutti, CNN, "197 illnesses, five deaths in E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce," 1 June 2018 Something about the powdery pallor, the intelligent brow, the drowsing... Newsweek, "Analysis," 14 Mar. 2018 Her deathly pallor and daringly low-cut dress caused a major scandal when the portrait was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1884. Cath Pound, New York Times, "When the Old Masters Were the P.R. Agents of the Rich and Powerful," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pallor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pallor

Middle English, from Latin, from pallēre to be pale — more at fallow

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English Language Learners Definition of pallor

formal : paleness especially of the face that is caused by illness


pal·​lor | \ ˈpa-lər How to pronounce pallor (audio) \

Kids Definition of pallor

: paleness of face


pal·​lor | \ ˈpal-ər How to pronounce pallor (audio) \

Medical Definition of pallor

: deficiency of color especially of the face : paleness patients in hemorrhagic shock may exhibit extreme pallorScientific American Medicine

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