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adjective Archaic.
  1. pale.
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Origin of paly

First recorded in 1550–60; pale1 + -y1
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Examples from the Web for paly

Historical Examples of paly

  • When the field is striped vertically it is said to be "paly" of so many (Fig. 57).

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • The vision had the aspect of a fair young girl with locks of paly gold.

    Twice Told Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The vision had the aspect of a fair young girl, with locks of paly gold.

  • Even the paly gold of her hair seemed to catch the glory that so suddenly and absolutely illumined her.

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

  • Graunson bore “Paly silver and azure with a bend gules and three golden eagles thereon.”

British Dictionary definitions for paly


  1. (usually postpositive) heraldry vertically striped
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Word Origin for paly

C15: from Old French palé, from Latin pālus stake; see pale ²
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