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Definition of vale

2 : world this vale of tears

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settled in a lush vale in the shadow of the mountains
Recent Examples on the Web That catapults the company, which develops secure communications via quantum technology, to a market vale of over $4 billion with trailing annual revenue of about $37 million, Business Insider notes. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Advertisers boycotting Facebook will eventually set aside their wokeness," 9 July 2020 Together players explore its murky vales as the party is beset by ancient evils, forbidden magic, and giant crows. Jess Grey, Wired, "Move Beyond Monopoly With Board Games for the Bored," 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, "The Bird Angle," 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, "Barred From Owning Land, Rural Chinese Miss Spoils of Country’s Success," 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, "Valley of the Shadow," 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, "Top 10 wildlife encounters in parks," 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, "Downtown Nashville Is Supposed to Be the Model of the Walkable 21st-Century City. I’m Not So Sure.," 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,, "Jacques Kelly: New Cathedral is resting place for notable Baltimoreans, and small flock of Orioles greats," 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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“Vale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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