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.

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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) + valvale)

Definition for vail (2 of 3)

vail2
[ 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

Definition for vail (3 of 3)

vail3
[ veyl ]
/ veɪl /
Obsolete

noun

a veil.

verb (used with object)

to veil.
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British Dictionary definitions for vail (1 of 3)

vail1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for vail (2 of 3)

vail2
/ (veɪl) /

noun, verb

an archaic word for avail

British Dictionary definitions for vail (3 of 3)

vail3
/ (veɪl) /

noun, verb

an archaic spelling of veil
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