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Definition of vale

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

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Synonyms for vale


dale, dene [British], hollow, valley

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Examples of vale in a Sentence

settled in a lush vale in the shadow of the mountains

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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., "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 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 The newer, larger batch yet to be harnessed is coming straight off the oilfield equipment itself -- the rigs, pipes, pumps and vales. David Wethe,, "‘Netflix for Oil’ Setting Stage for $1 Trillion Battle Over Data," 19 Mar. 2018 Beyond the happy vales and alpaca farms of the Green Mountains, Sanders does for the Democratic base what Ted Cruz, or perhaps Ben Carson, does for the Tea Party faithful. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "Can Bernie Sanders Beat Hillary Clinton?," 8 Apr. 2015 Even Texas Democrats do not want to think very much about the actual Democratic party in Texas, as dreary a knackery of hackery as can be found in this vale of tears. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Strange Obsessions," 19 July 2017 Eddi Henry’s Palmwood is the exception: A chic, boutique guesthouse nestled in the verdant vales above Moloa‘a Bay, halfway between Kapaa and Hanalei. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Inn-Escapable: Kauai’s Palmwood," 24 Mar. 2017 Ole Mas Carnival in Trinidad began with masquerades marking a farewell to the flesh (carne vale in Latin) before 40 days of Lent. Tara Donaldson, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Know About Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival, the Biggest Party of the Season," 16 Feb. 2017

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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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: valley

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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