[ fahy-uhl ]
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Origin of phial

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin phiala saucer <Greek phiálē; replacing Middle English phiole, fiole<Middle French fiole<Latin, as above

Other words from phial

  • phi·al·ine [fahy-uh-lin, -lahyn], /ˈfaɪ ə lɪn, -ˌlaɪn/, adjective

Words that may be confused with phial

Words Nearby phial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use phial in a sentence

  • Automatically, as a result of habit, she unlocked her jewel-case and took out a tiny phial containing minute cachets.

    Dope | Sax Rohmer
  • At his right hand was a small table, on which stood a glass of milk, a phial, a stethoscope.

    The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He was "candling" a phial of ground glass in his fingers as a good wife tries eggs.

    Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
  • "Now, then," said the Turk, producing a small phial containing a pale greenish fluid.

  • They take the cordial to-day, draining out every drop, forgetting that the phial will be empty to-morrow.

British Dictionary definitions for phial


/ (ˈfaɪəl) /

  1. a small bottle for liquids; vial

Origin of phial

C14: from Old French fiole, from Latin phiola saucer, from Greek phialē wide shallow vessel

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