prison pallor

[ priz-uhn pal-er ]

  1. extreme paleness, as if one has experienced a lengthy deprivation of natural light due to imprisonment or other indoor confinement: These kids need to get off the couch, get outside, and get rid of their prison pallor.

Origin of prison pallor

First recorded in 1885–90

Words Nearby prison pallor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use prison pallor in a sentence

  • It did not take Isaac long to find out that this complexion did not indicate consumption, but was only prison pallor.

  • His friends had first noticed it in Paris, in '39, but had expected it to wear off as soon as the prison pallor disappeared.

    The Five Arrows | Allan Chase
  • Nothing much to look at before, the boy was less so now, with the prison pallor on his sunken little face.

    By Advice of Counsel | Arthur Train
  • His face, white with more than its prison pallor, was drawn as though by bodily pain.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales | C. Bryson Taylor
  • Horror could add nothing to the prison pallor, which had driven every particle of color from his cheeks.

    The Just and the Unjust | Vaughan Kester