[ peyl ]
/ peɪl /


the amount filling a pail.

Origin of pail

before 1000; Middle English payle wooden container, continuing Old English pægel wine container, liquid measure (of unknown orig.; compare Middle Dutch, Low German pegel half pint), by association with Old French paielle pan < Latin patella; see patella

Can be confused

pale pail

Regional variation note

1. See bucket. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pail


/ (peɪl) /


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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