vale

noun
\ ˈvāl How to pronounce vale (audio) \

Definition of vale

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 Before issues with inventory, the area was seeing fluctuations in home vales. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Newest real estate challenge in Deerfield and Highland Park is large inventory, experts say," 27 Sep. 2019 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 Bioavailability noun, by-oh-ah-vale-ah-bill-ah-tee How fast CBD enters the bloodstream to take effect. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Common CBD Terms and What They Mean," 8 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 Whilst previous talk of this type has largely been a move from the star to drive up the vale of his contract at Madrid, this summer, at least, Ronaldo's camp wishes us to believe something different. SI.com, "Report: Cristiano Ronaldo Eyes Future as Threat Over Real Madrid Departure Grows," 9 June 2018 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

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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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3 Jan 2020

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“Vale.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vale. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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vale

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