- The definition of pale is someone or something light in color or washed out.
- An example of pale is your face when you are sick and the color goes from your cheeks.
- An example of pale is a yellow that is not bright or vibrant.
- To pale is to lose the color from your face.
An example of pale is when you see a ghost and the fright makes you lose color in your face so it appears white and afraid.
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- of a whitish or colorless complexion; pallid; wan
- lacking intensity or brilliance: said of color, light, etc.; faint; dim
- feeble; weak: a pale imitation
Origin: OFr from Classical Latin pallidus, pale: see fallow
- a narrow, upright, pointed stake used in fences; picket
- a fence; enclosure; boundary; restriction: now chiefly figurative: outside the pale of the law, beyond the pale (of respectability)
- a territory or district enclosed within bounds
- Bot. a chaffy bract or scale; esp., a bract at the base of a floret of a composite flower
- Heraldry a vertical band forming the middle third of a shield
Origin: Middle English from Middle French pal from Classical Latin palus, a stake from Indo-European base an unverified form pak-, to fasten (as by ramming into the ground) from source Glassical Greek passalos, a peg, stake, Classical Latin pax, peace
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- A stake or pointed stick; a picket.
- A fence enclosing an area.
- The area enclosed by a fence or boundary.
- a. A region or district lying within an imposed boundary or constituting a separate jurisdiction.b. Pale The medieval dominions of the English in Ireland. Used with the.
- Heraldry A wide vertical band in the center of an escutcheon.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French pal, from Latin pālus; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
adjective pal·er, pal·est
- Whitish in complexion; pallid.
- a. Of a low intensity of color; light.b. Having high lightness and low saturation.
- Of a low intensity of light; dim or faint: “a late afternoon sun coming through the el tracks and falling in pale oblongs on the cracked, empty sidewalks” (Jimmy Breslin).
- Feeble; weak: a pale rendition of the aria.
- To become pale; blanch: paled with fright.
- To decrease in relative importance.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pallidus, from pallēre, to be pale; see pel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- paleˈly adverb
- paleˈness noun
pale - Phrases/Idioms
beyond the pale