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Definition of vale

1 : valley, dale
2 : world this vale of tears

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Examples of vale in a Sentence

settled in a lush vale in the shadow of the mountains
Recent Examples on the Web Together players explore its murky vales as the party is beset by ancient evils, forbidden magic, and giant crows. Jess Grey, Wired, 19 May 2020 My mental image of the Peaceable Kingdom—the utopia that will succeed this vale of tears—definitely involves dumb ducks blithely bobbing. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, 28 Oct. 2019 Centuries of small-scale farming have resulted in it being carved up into tiny plots separated by hills, rocky outcrops and vales. Ian Johnson, New York Times, 26 Sep. 2019 And here, in this place of sacrifice, in this vale of humiliation, in this valley of the shadow of that death out of which the life of America rose, regenerate and free . . . Richard Brady, National Review, 31 Aug. 2019 The Lamar Valley is renowned for some of the park’s best wildlife viewing, especially in winter when many of the animals take shelter in the snowy vale. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, 9 Apr. 2019 Down the block, a cluster of high-rise rental buildings sprouts from the vale of parking lots and one-story warehouses. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, 8 June 2018 Some 110,000 rest among the hills and vales off a tributary of the Gwynns Falls, among them political leaders, captains of Baltimore industry and an interesting quartet of sports greats. Jacques Kelly,, 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of vale

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vale

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French val, going back to Latin vallēs, vallis, of uncertain origin

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

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“Vale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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