The definition of a pail is a round-shaped, handled container with a handle that is used for carrying liquids or other things.noun
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- 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: ME paile < OE pægel, small measure, wine vessel < LL pagella (dim. of L pagina, page), a small page, in VL, a measure of area, later a measure of volume: infl. by OFr paele, a pan < L patella: see patella
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- A watertight cylindrical vessel, open at the top and fitted with a handle; a bucket.
- The amount that a pail can hold.
Origin: Middle English paile, probably from Old French paele, warming pan, perhaps from Latin patella, small pan; see paella.
- pailˈfulˌ noun