pail

[ peyl ]
/ peɪl /

noun

the amount filling a pail.

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Origin of pail

First recorded before 1000; Middle English payle “wooden container,” continuing Old English pægel “wine container, liquid measure” (of unknown origin; compare Middle Dutch, Low German pegel “half pint”), by association with Old French paielle “pan,” from Latin patella; see patella

regional variation note for pail

1. See bucket.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pail

pale, pail .
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British Dictionary definitions for pail

pail
/ (peɪl) /

noun

a bucket, esp one made of wood or metal
Also called: pailful the quantity that fills a pail

Word Origin for pail

Old English pægel; compare Catalan paella frying pan, paella
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