verb (used with object)

to cover with or as with a pall.

Origin of pall

before 900; Middle English; Old English pæll pope's pallium < Latin pallium cloak
Related formspall-like, adjective
Can be confusedpale pall pallor

Synonyms for pall Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pall-like

Historical Examples of pall-like

  • Blacker than midnight were the pall-like clouds that "hung the heavens."

    Ellen Walton

    Alvin Addison

  • Before them was a pall-like darkness and the endless patter of rain.

  • The silence in the room was deathly, the heat intense, heavy, pall-like.

  • Both dashed off at a rapid pace, through a drenching storm, with such a pall-like darkness that they could not see each other.


    William Wells Brown

  • On the bed, surrounded by its heavy, pall-like green curtains, lay the dead son.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

British Dictionary definitions for pall-like




a cloth covering, usually black, spread over a coffin or tomb
a coffin, esp during the funeral ceremony
a dark heavy covering; shroudthe clouds formed a pall over the sky
a depressing or oppressive atmosphereher bereavement cast a pall on the party
heraldry an ordinary consisting of a Y-shaped bearing
  1. a small square linen cloth with which the chalice is covered at the Eucharist
  2. an archaic word for pallium (def. 2)
an obsolete word for cloak


(tr) to cover or depress with a pall

Word Origin for pall

Old English pæll, from Latin: pallium




(intr often foll by on) to become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to)history classes palled on me
to cloy or satiate, or become cloyed or satiated

Word Origin for pall

C14: variant of appal
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Word Origin and History for pall-like



Old English pæll "rich cloth or cloak, purple robe, altar cloth," from Latin pallium "cloak, coverlet, covering," in Tertullian, the garment worn by Christians instead of the Roman toga; related to pallo "robe, cloak," palla "long upper garment of Roman women," perhaps from the root of pellis "skin." Notion of "cloth spread over a coffin" (mid-15c.) led to figurative sense of "dark, gloomy mood" (1742).



"become tiresome," 1700, from Middle English pallen "to become faint, fail in strength" (late 14c.), shortened form of appallen "to dismay, fill with horror or disgust" (see appall). Related: Palled; palling.

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