vail

1
[ veyl ]
/ veɪl /
|

verb (used with object)

to let sink; lower.
Archaic. to take off or doff (one's hat), as in respect or submission.

Nearby words

  1. vagus,
  2. vagus nerve,
  3. vagus pulse,
  4. vahana,
  5. vahine,
  6. vain,
  7. vainglorious,
  8. vaingloriously,
  9. vainglory,
  10. vainly

Origin of vail

1
1300–50; Middle English valen, aphetic variant of avalen (now obsolete) < Middle French avaler to move down, verbal derivative of phrase a val down (literally, to the valley) (a to (< Latin ad) + val vale)

vail

2
[ veyl ]
/ veɪl /
Archaic.

verb (used with or without object)

to be of use or profit; avail.

noun

a tip; gratuity.

Origin of vail

2
1250–1300; Middle English; aphetic variant of avail

vail

3
[ veyl ]
/ veɪl /
Obsolete

noun

a veil.

verb (used with object)

to veil.
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British Dictionary definitions for vail

vail

1
/ (veɪl) /

verb (tr) obsolete

to lower (something, such as a weapon), esp as a sign of deference or submission
to remove (the hat, cap, etc) as a mark of respect or meekness

Word Origin for vail

c14 valen, from obsolete avalen, from Old French avaler to let fall, from Latin ad vallem, literally: to the valley, that is, down, from ad to + vallis valley

noun, verb

an archaic word for avail

noun, verb

an archaic spelling of veil
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Word Origin and History for vail

vail

n.

"advantage, profit," early 15c., from vail (v.) "to be of use or service" (c.1300), from Old French vail, from valoir "to be of value or worth" (see value (n.)).

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