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  1. a cloth, often of velvet, for spreading over a coffin, bier, or tomb.
  2. a coffin.
  3. anything that covers, shrouds, or overspreads, especially with darkness or gloom.
  4. Ecclesiastical.
    1. pallium(def 2b).
    2. a linen cloth or a square cloth-covered piece of cardboard used to cover a chalice.
  5. Heraldry. pairle.
  6. Archaic. a cloth spread upon an altar; corporal.
  7. Archaic. a garment, especially a robe, cloak, or the like.
verb (used with object)
  1. to cover with or as with a pall.

Origin of pall1

before 900; Middle English; Old English pæll pope's pallium < Latin pallium cloak
Related formspall-like, adjective
Can be confusedpale pall pallor


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3. shadow, melancholy, oppression.


verb (used without object)
  1. to have a wearying or tiresome effect (usually followed by on or upon).
  2. to become distasteful or unpleasant.
  3. to become satiated or cloyed with something.
verb (used with object)
  1. to satiate or cloy.
  2. to make dull, distasteful, or unpleasant.

Origin of pall2

1350–1400; Middle English pallen; aphetic variant of appall


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4. glut, sate, surfeit.
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  1. a cloth covering, usually black, spread over a coffin or tomb
  2. a coffin, esp during the funeral ceremony
  3. a dark heavy covering; shroudthe clouds formed a pall over the sky
  4. a depressing or oppressive atmosphereher bereavement cast a pall on the party
  5. heraldry an ordinary consisting of a Y-shaped bearing
  6. Christianity
    1. a small square linen cloth with which the chalice is covered at the Eucharist
    2. an archaic word for pallium (def. 2)
  7. an obsolete word for cloak
  1. (tr) to cover or depress with a pall

Word Origin

Old English pæll, from Latin: pallium


  1. (intr often foll by on) to become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to)history classes palled on me
  2. to cloy or satiate, or become cloyed or satiated

Word Origin

C14: variant of appal
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Word Origin and History for pall


Old English pæll "rich cloth or cloak, purple robe, altar cloth," from Latin pallium "cloak, coverlet, covering," in Tertullian, the garment worn by Christians instead of the Roman toga; related to pallo "robe, cloak," palla "long upper garment of Roman women," perhaps from the root of pellis "skin." Notion of "cloth spread over a coffin" (mid-15c.) led to figurative sense of "dark, gloomy mood" (1742).


"become tiresome," 1700, from Middle English pallen "to become faint, fail in strength" (late 14c.), shortened form of appallen "to dismay, fill with horror or disgust" (see appall). Related: Palled; palling.

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