[ muh-ral ]
/ məˈræl /


emotional or mental condition with respect to cheerfulness, confidence, zeal, etc., especially in the face of opposition, hardship, etc.: the morale of the troops.

Nearby words

  1. moral rearmament,
  2. moral sense,
  3. moral support,
  4. moral theology,
  5. moral turpitude,
  6. moralise,
  7. moralism,
  8. moralist,
  9. moralistic,
  10. morality

Origin of morale

1745–55; < French, noun use of feminine of moral moral

Can be confusedmoral morale (see synonym study at moral) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for morale


/ (mɒˈrɑːl) /


the degree of mental or moral confidence of a person or group; spirit of optimism

Word Origin for morale

C18: morals, from French, n. use of moral (adj)

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Word Origin and History for morale



1752, "moral principles or practice," from French morale "morality, good conduct," from fem. of Old French moral "moral" (see moral (adj.)). Meaning "confidence" (especially in a military context) first recorded 1831, from confusion with French moral (French distinguishes le moral "temperament" and la morale "morality").

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