vail

1
[veyl]

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]Archaic.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to be of use or profit; avail.
noun
  1. a tip; gratuity.

Origin of vail

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

vail

3
[veyl]Obsolete
noun
  1. a veil.
verb (used with object)
  1. to veil.
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Examples from the Web for vailing

Historical Examples of vailing

  • Page 110 'vailing' to 'veiling' 'cigar smoke half-veiling his'

  • A Scotch mist had risen from the lake, and settled over the mountains, vailing all the grand features of the landscape.

    The Lost Lady of Lone

    E.D.E.N. Southworth


British Dictionary definitions for vailing

vail

1
verb (tr) obsolete
  1. to lower (something, such as a weapon), esp as a sign of deference or submission
  2. 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

vail

2
noun, verb
  1. an archaic word for avail

vail

3
noun, verb
  1. an archaic spelling of veil
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Word Origin and History for vailing

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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