Archaic somewhat pale
Heraldry divided into four or more vertical stripes of equal width, in alternating colors: said of the field of a shield
Origin of palyLate Middle English ; from Middle French palé ; from pal, pale
adjectivepal·i·er, pal·i·est Archaic
Divided into several equal parts by perpendicular lines. Used of a field.
Origin of palyMiddle English, from Old French pale, from pal, stake; see pale1.
- (heraldry) vertically striped
(comparative more paly, superlative most paly)
- (obsolete) pale; lacking colour