[ fahy-uh l ]
/ ˈfaɪ əl /


Origin of phial

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin phiala saucer < Greek phiálē; replacing Middle English phiole, fiole < Middle French fiole < Latin, as above
Related formsphi·al·ine [fahy-uh-lin, -lahyn] /ˈfaɪ ə lɪn, -ˌlaɪn/, adjective
Can be confusedfile phial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for phial


/ (ˈfaɪəl) /


a small bottle for liquids; vial

Word Origin for phial

C14: from Old French fiole, from Latin phiola saucer, from Greek phialē wide shallow vessel
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Word Origin and History for phial



late 14c., from Old French fiole "flask, phial" (12c.), probably from Medieval Latin phiola, from Latin phiala, from Greek phiale "broad, flat drinking vessel," of unknown origin.

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