- 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.
- 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)
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- 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.