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[veyl] /veɪl/
a valley.
the world, or mortal or earthly life:
this vale of tears.
Origin of vale
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French val < Latin vallem, accusative of vallis, vallēs valley
Can be confused
vale, veil.

ave atque vale

[ah-we aht-kwe wah-le; English ey-vee at-kwee vey-lee, ah-vey aht-kwey vah-ley] /ˈɑ wɛ ˈɑt kwɛ ˈwɑ lɛ; English ˈeɪ vi ˈæt kwi ˈveɪ li, ˈɑ veɪ ˈɑt kweɪ ˈvɑ leɪ/
interjection, Latin.
hail and farewell. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for vale
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  • A gift from one who is legging it out of this vale of tears.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • The eye could not pierce beyond them, and the imagination was in a manner embosomed in the vale.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The vale of Tempe, Tivoli and Rome are earth and water, rocks and sky.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Above this line, on the sides of the vale, everything is bare and brown and dry.

  • Yes, that is our dream: to turn all earth into the vale of Ajalon at our pleasure.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • One more cross for poor Tona to drag through this vale of tears!

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
British Dictionary definitions for vale


a literary word for valley
Word Origin
C13: from Old French val, from Latin vallis valley


sentence substitute
farewell; goodbye
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vale

river-land between two ranges of hills, c.1300, from Old French val "valley," from Latin vallem (nominative vallis, valles) "valley." Vale of years "old age" is from "Othello." Vale of tears "this world as a place of trouble" is attested from 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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