Origin of pail
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for pail
Homer uses metaphor—‘it was so crowded, it was like bees swarming over a pail of milk.’
Let us try to set aside—preferably forever—the image of the ever-immaculate Romney crouched bare-assed over a pail.Mitt Romney's 'Missionary in France' Tale Won't Make Us Forget He's Rich|Michelle Cottle|December 15, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Two of the boys passed round a pail of water and a tin cup, that all the thirsty might drink.Glengarry Schooldays|Ralph Connor
One of them went to the pail, and finding no water in it, cried out to the others, what must they do to christen the child?The Fairy Mythology|Thomas Keightley
With the pincers he picked up a bit of hot iron and dropped it hissing into the pail, which he pushed beneath the tent.The Best Short Stories of 1920|Various
She gave her consent, however, to his leaving the pail on the porch and then retiring to the chestnut tree.More Tish|Mary Roberts Rinehart
Shortly after returning to camp, they found the fat boy standing over a pail of water holding the stick above it.The Pony Rider Boys in New Mexico|Frank Gee Patchin
Word Origin for pail
mid-14c., of uncertain origin, probably from Old French paele, paelle "cooking or frying pan, warming pan;" also a liquid measure, from Latin patella "small pan, little dish, platter," diminutive of patina "broad shallow pan, stewpan" (see pan (n.)).
Old English had pægel "wine vessel," but etymology does not support a connection. This Old English word possibly is from Medieval Latin pagella "a measure," from Latin pagella "column," diminutive of pagina (see page (n.1)).