- 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.
Origin of pale1
synonym study for pale
OTHER WORDS FROM palepalely, adverbpaleness, noun
Other definitions 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.
How to use pale in a sentence
But that pales in comparison to the biggest alteration—the ending.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler|Marlow Stern|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dodson says the support thus far pales in comparison to what was offered for other disasters, such as the earthquake in Haiti.Why Isn't Silicon Valley Doing More to Fight Ebola?|Abby Haglage|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Make no mistake: Kerry's alleged ineptitude pales in comparison to the haplessness of the two principals.Israelis And Palestinians Blast Kerry For Peace Efforts|Ali Gharib|May 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But that risk pales compared to the risk of AIPAC becoming ECI or ZOA.
What you did for him yesterday always pales in comparison with what you can do for him tomorrow.
The nectar of the gods pales into nothingness when compared with a toddy such as I make, said he.The Fifth String |John Philip Sousa
Brookes pales suddenly, and his eyebrows, that habitually have a supercilious elevation, rise still higher with annoyance.Six Women|Victoria Cross
Her after-history is a tragedy beside which the story just related pales to an idyl.Romance of Roman Villas|Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
The worship of the earth (Tellus or Pales) and of the various heavenly bodies, was prolonged into the heart of Polytheism.August Comte and Positivism|John-Stuart Mill
They do threaten to pull down and level all park pales, and lay open, and intend to plant there very shortly.The Digger Movement in the Days of the Commonwealth|Lewis H. Berens
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
Other Idioms and Phrases with pale
see beyond the pale.