adjective, pal·er, pal·est.
- light-colored or lacking in color: a pale complexion; his pale face; a pale child.
- lacking the usual intensity of color due to fear, illness, stress, etc.:She looked pale and unwell when we visited her in the nursing home.
verb (used without object), paled, pal·ing.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of pale1
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OTHER WORDS FROM palepalely, adverbpaleness, noun
Words nearby pale
Definition for pale (2 of 2)
- Also called Eng·lish Pale [ing-glish peyl], /ˈɪŋ glɪʃ ˈpeɪl/, I·rish Pale [ahy-rish peyl] /ˈaɪ rɪʃ ˈpeɪl/ . a district in eastern Ireland included in the Angevin Empire of King Henry II and his successors.
- Also called Pale of Set·tle·ment [peyluhv set-l-muhnt] /ˈpeɪl əv ˈsɛt l mənt/ . the territories in the Russian Empire in which Jews were allowed to live.
verb (used with object), paled, pal·ing.
Example sentences from the Web for pale
Better surface disinfection, however, increasingly pales next to worries about air quality on passenger flights.American Airlines touts a new tool to combat COVID. But does it really make flying safer?|dzanemorris|August 24, 2020|Fortune
Simon says the 2008 financial meltdown “pales in comparison” to the pandemic.America’s Largest Shopping Mall Owner Gets a New Tenant: Itself|Daniel Malloy|August 20, 2020|Ozy
Though Encantos raised a fresh $2 million in January to expand, that cash influx pales in comparison to the budgets at top ed-tech companies Newsela and Coursera, which have each received more than $50 million in funding.Your Kids Need a Dose of Bilingual Culture? He Can Help|Nick Fouriezos|August 9, 2020|Ozy
On the other hand, VR technologies perhaps only offer a pale imitation of the multi-sensory experiences of life.Virtual Reality Has Been Boosted by Coronavirus—Here’s How to Avoid It Leading Us to Dystopia|Alexandros Skandalis|June 24, 2020|Singularity Hub
The Genoa museum’s dead specimen is pale blue due to preservation, but it’s now known that the lizard’s natural color is mostly luminous green.A nose-horned dragon lizard lost to science for over 100 years has been found|Dyna Rochmyaningsih|June 9, 2020|Science News
The pale, baby-faced, red-cheeked rapper is furiously puffing away at a hastily-made blunt crammed with low-grade weed.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’|Marlow Stern|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But the flaws and peccadilloes of Renaissance artists like Michelangelo pale beside the misdeeds of patrons and pontiffs.
Still, at each stage of jazz history certain kinds of sounds were beyond the pale.
She led a reliably epic and wild life, powered by a brand of comedy that regarded nothing as beyond the pale.What Joan Rivers Said She Would Do If She Were Dictator of America|Asawin Suebsaeng|September 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With her cascade of red, twirling hair and pale, fine-boned face.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine|Clive Irving|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I thank you," said Johanna, and for an instant her pale face glowed with the same fire which had distinguished her father.A Noble Name|Claire Von Glmer
She made desperate efforts to control her grief, and conceal the tears that rolled in quick succession down her pale cheeks.Flora Lyndsay|Susanna Moodie
The grey light of dawn faintly illumined this scene of carnage, and its pale, cold gleams mingled with the ruddy glow of the fire.Annals of a Fortress|E. Viollet-le-Duc
His face was drawn and pale, and it was obvious that his coordination wasn't very good.The Electronic Mind Reader|John Blaine
Its petals are loose and thin, and of a pale primrose colour, and before it is fully out it is at its best.A Year in a Lancashire Garden|Henry Arthur Bright
British Dictionary definitions for pale (1 of 2)
Derived forms of palepalely, adverbpaleness, noun
Word Origin for pale
British Dictionary definitions for pale (2 of 2)
Word Origin for pale
Idioms and Phrases with pale
see beyond the pale.