Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[yeyl] /yeɪl/
Elihu, 1648–1721, English colonial official, born in America: governor of Madras 1687–92; principal benefactor of the Collegiate School at Saybrook, Connecticut (now Yale University).
Mount, a mountain in central Colorado, one of the Collegiate Peaks in the Sawatch Range, in the S Rocky Mountains. 14,196 feet (4327 meters).
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Yale
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • He graduated at Yale college, and was subsequently a tutor in that institution.

  • Don't you know any of the fellows at Harvard, or Tech, or Yale, or anywhere?

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They may enter the post-graduate department of Yale and receive its degrees.

  • Then the young man who sold the set to me is working his way through Yale.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • "He's at Prep now, but he'll enter Yale next year," she ended proudly.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
Word Origin and History for Yale

1854, kind of lock invented by U.S. mechanic Linus Yale Jr. (1821-1868). The surname is Welsh, from ial, and means "dweller at the fertile upland." Yale University (Connecticut, U.S.) founded 1701 as Collegiate School, renamed 1718 in honor of a gift from British merchant-philanthropist Elihu Yale (1649-1721).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for Yale


Related Terms

joe yale

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for yale

Word Value for Yale

Scrabble Words With Friends