- The definition of a pail is a round-shaped, handled container with a handle that is used for carrying liquids or other things.
An example of a pail is the container a child uses to carry sand on beach.
A blue pail.
- a more or less cylindrical container, usually with a hoop-shaped handle, for holding and carrying liquids, etc.; bucket
- the amount held by a pailalso pailful
Origin of pailMiddle English paile ; from Old English pægel, small measure, wine vessel ; from Late Latin pagella (dim. of Classical Latin pagina, page), a small page, in Vulgar Latin a measure of area, later a measure of volume: influenced, influence by Old French paele, a pan ; from Classical Latin patella: see patella
- A watertight cylindrical vessel, open at the top and fitted with a handle; a bucket.
- The amount that a pail can hold.
Origin of pailMiddle English paile, probably from Old French paele, warming pan, perhaps from Latin patella, small pan; see paella.
- A vessel of wood, tin, plastic, etc., usually cylindrical and having a handle -- used especially for carrying liquids, for example water or milk; a bucket (sometimes with a cover).
- The milkmaid carried a pail of milk in each hand.
- (In technical use) A closed (covered) cylindrical shipping container.
- A company of wasps.
Middle English payle 'wooden container', from Old English pæġel 'wine vessel, container for liquids, pail; liquid measure', from Proto-Germanic *pagilaz 'peg, rake' (compare Middle Dutch/Middle Low German pegel 'half pint', Danish pægl 'id.'), diminutive of *pag-. More at peg.