- The definition of a pall is a black cloth put on a coffin at a funeral or a feeling of sadness or gloom that comes over people.
- An example of a pall is the cloth cover on a coffin as it is put into a hearse.
- An example of a pall is what came over the party after hearing about the deadly accident.
- To pall is to become bored or done with something.
An example of to pall is to grow tired of playing tennis after playing for years.
pall definition by Webster's New World
- to become cloying, insipid, boring, wearisome, etc.
- to become satiated or bored
Origin: Middle English pallen, aphetic for appallen, appall
- a cloth covering, typically black, draped over a coffin or catafalque
- an overspreading covering, as of dark clouds or black smoke, that cloaks or obscures in a gloomy, depressing way; also, an overspreading, pervasive atmosphere or spirit of gloom and depression: the sad news cast a pall on the proceedings
- Obsolete a cloak, mantle, or veil
- a light, square covering, usually of stiffened linen, put on top of the chalice in the Mass
Origin: Middle English pal ; from Old English pæll ; from Classical Latin pallium, a cover (akin to palla, a robe, mantle)
pall definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A cover for a coffin, bier, or tomb, often made of black, purple, or white velvet.
- A coffin, especially one being carried to a grave or tomb.
- a. A covering that darkens or obscures: a pall of smoke over the city.b. A gloomy effect or atmosphere: “A pall of depressed indifference hung over Petrograd during February and March 1916” (W. Bruce Lincoln).
- Ecclesiastical a. A linen cloth or a square of cardboard faced with cloth used to cover the chalice.b. See pallium.
Origin: Middle English pal, from Old English pǽll, cloak, covering, from Latin pallium.
verb palled palled, pall·ing, palls verb, intransitive
- To become insipid, boring, or wearisome.
- To have a dulling, wearisome, or boring effect.
- To become cloyed or satiated.
- To cloy; satiate.
- To make vapid or wearisome.
Origin: Middle English pallen, to grow feeble, probably short for appallen; see appall.