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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 The property is nestled on some 3,654 acres of pristine hills, vales and fields in southeast San Jose. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 17 Jan. 2024 Famous for its wheat and wine, this vale on the Syrian-Lebanese border has been a breadbasket in the Levant region since the time of the Romans. Aisha Ahmad, Foreign Affairs, 5 Oct. 2017 This oblong maze of rocky vales straddles the arid Nevada-Oregon borderlands, in one of the least densely populated parts of North America. Rahul Rao, Popular Science, 30 Aug. 2023 Or maybe Kyle and Whitney really are together, in the vale beyond the veil. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 9 Nov. 2022 His image is too immaculate for those of us futzing around in this vale of tears. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 10 Aug. 2021 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 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

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Vale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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