- unusual or extreme paleness, as from fear, ill health, or death; wanness.
Origin of pallor
Related Words for pallorwhiteness, sallowness, wanness, etiolation, achromatic, cadaverousness, pastiness
Examples from the Web for pallor
Historical Examples of pallor
But the eagerness was all gone from his, and only the pallor left.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The flush of his own heavy meal kept his pallor from showing.Way of the Lawless
In the distance he saw a pallor, where the face of the night looked into the palace from the sea.A Spirit in Prison
Jed's pallor was, for the moment, succeeded by a vivid crimson.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
He noted the pallor of her face, and darted me a quick, suspicion-laden glance.Bardelys the Magnificent
- a pale condition, esp when unnaturalfear gave his face a deathly pallor
Word Origin for pallor
Word Origin and History for pallor
c.1400, from Old French palor "paleness, whiteness" (12c.) and directly from Latin pallor, from pallere "be pale, turn pale," related to pallus "dark-colored, dusky," from PIE root *pel- (2) "pale; gray" (cf. Sanskrit palitah "gray," panduh "whitish, pale;" Greek pelios "livid, dark," polios "gray;" Old English fealo "dull-colored, yellow, brown;" Welsh llwyd "gray").
- Paleness, as of the skin.