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
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
The violence in Libya pales in comparison with the thousands of civilians who have fallen in Mexico.
All this pales, of course, to the case of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback “Big Ben” Roethlisberger.
It also pales in comparison to the $303 billion in total annual private giving by U.S. citizens.
I think that whatever this book may accomplish, it pales in comparison to that.
On the alder trees I catch the Hoplia, the splendid scarab who pales the azure of the heavens.The Life of the Fly|J. Henri Fabre
Of a single pale and of three pales there are several old examples.
The parents gazed on each other, speechless: they stole close to the pales, and looked over.My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The colors or tinctures of the pales are those used in the Flag of the United States.History of the National Flag of the United States of America|Schuyler Hamilton
Now Lily moaned aloud, and in her turn caught at the pales to save herself from falling.Montezuma's Daughter|H. Rider Haggard
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.