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
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
The country’s other adversities seem to pale in comparison to the ones unfolding daily for the medical workers.During a pandemic, the medical profession turns to Greek tragedy — to heal|Peter Marks|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The glasses, which come in a pale green or pink, are hand-wash only.Shopping with the pros: The Madcap Cottage team chooses favorites from Terrain|Mari-Jane Williams|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
The rest of the plant lies underground as ghostly pale strings.How passion, luck and sweat saved some of North America’s rarest plants|Susan Milius|November 5, 2020|Science News
Still, with whatever challenges we’re facing, we know it pales in comparison to the challenges faced by families who have lost loved ones or are suffering financial hardship.
The 2009 pandemic caused by H1N1 pales in comparison to coronavirus.What H1N1 taught the US about delivering pandemic vaccines|Katherine Ellen Foley|August 7, 2020|Quartz
I enjoyed it, but thought it paled in comparison to their debut.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I paled and decided this was the end for me, but instead of a lynching I got a round of applause at the end.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie|Daniel Genis|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the chaos of evacuation, the question of whether or not Beethoven should be allowed to go to Vienna paled somewhat.Beethoven in Love: The Woman Who Captivated the Young Composer|John Suchet|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But that paled in comparison to the costs of a statewide campaign with an outlandish, gaffe-prone candidate.Ken Cuccinelli Loses Narrowly to Terry McAuliffe for Virginia Governor|Ben Jacobs|November 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Somehow those emails that had seemed so important last week paled to insignificance today.
He looked down and saw that her face had paled and that her mouth was drawn with some emotion.The Half-Hearted|John Buchan
Crawley flushed, paled, clenched his fists and glared hate at the speaker.A Maid of the Kentucky Hills|Edwin Carlile Litsey
Tom paled with anger when he saw all this, and waited to see what would happen next.Little Tom|V. Tille
She divined a sorrow before which her own paled to nothingness and quick pity killed fear.The Shadow of the East|E. M. Hull
Madeleine sickened and shivered and paled during these two endless days and sleepless nights of suspense.Home Fires in France|Dorothy Canfield
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.