Bâle

[ bahl ]
/ bɑl /

noun

French name of Basel.

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British Dictionary definitions for bâle

Bâle

/ (bɑl) /

noun

the French name for Basle

bale

1
/ (beɪl) /

noun

verb

See also bail out

Word Origin for bale

C14: probably from Old French bale, from Old High German balla ball 1

bale

2
/ (beɪl) /

noun archaic

evil; injury
woe; suffering; pain

Word Origin for bale

Old English bealu; related to Old Norse böl evil, Gothic balwa, Old High German balo

bale

3
/ (beɪl) /

verb

a variant spelling of bail 2

bale

4
/ (beɪl) /

noun

a variant spelling of bail 4
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Word Origin and History for bâle

bale

n.

"large bundle or package," early 14c., from Old French bale "rolled-up bundle," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German balla "ball"), from Proto-Germanic *ball-, from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).

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