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[pal-er] /ˈpæl ər/
unusual or extreme paleness, as from fear, ill health, or death; wanness.
Origin of pallor
1650-60; < Latin: paleness, equivalent to pall(ēre) to be pale + -or -or1
Can be confused
pale, pall, pallor. Unabridged
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  • There was a curious flicker in her face as if her pallor came and went.

  • Often her husband, noting her pallor, asked if she were unwell.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • With the first pallor of dawn we got up and saw things that were new to us.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Her lips quivered a little, and the pallor of her face caught at his heart.

  • At the first sound of his voice she turned, and a bright flush stained the pallor of her cheek.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • Though her cheeks were pale before, now their pallor was deathly.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • Her cheeks never had much colour; now her whole face visibly darkened, from pallor to a dusky leaden grey, as she gazed.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • True, I see a certain touch of pallor in your face, but still you are blooming.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • On the morning of the day following that her quiet had given place to restlessness, and her pallor to a burning flush of the face.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • But from her pallor it was obvious deep emotion was stirring.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for pallor


a pale condition, esp when unnatural: fear gave his face a deathly pallor
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: whiteness (of the skin), from pallēre to be pale1
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Word Origin and History for pallor

c.1400, from Old French palor "paleness, whiteness" (12c.) and directly from Latin pallor, from pallere "be pale, turn pale," related to pallus "dark-colored, dusky," from PIE root *pel- (2) "pale; gray" (cf. Sanskrit palitah "gray," panduh "whitish, pale;" Greek pelios "livid, dark," polios "gray;" Old English fealo "dull-colored, yellow, brown;" Welsh llwyd "gray").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pallor in Medicine

pallor pal·lor (pāl'ər)
Paleness, as of the skin.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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