[ veyl ]
/ veɪl /


a valley.
the world, or mortal or earthly life: this vale of tears.


Nearby words

  1. valdez,
  2. valdivia,
  3. valdo,
  4. valdosta,
  5. valdés, armando palacio,
  6. vale of glamorgan,
  7. valediction,
  8. valediction forbidding mourning, a,
  9. valedictorian,
  10. valedictory

Origin of vale

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French val < Latin vallem, accusative of vallis, vallēs valley

Can be confusedvale veil

ave atque vale

[ ah-we aht-kwe wah-le; English ey-vee at-kwee vey-lee, ah-vey aht-kwey vah-ley ]
/ ˈɑ wɛ ˈɑt kwɛ ˈwɑ lɛ; English ˈeɪ vi ˈæt kwi ˈveɪ li, ˈɑ veɪ ˈɑt kweɪ ˈvɑ leɪ /

interjection Latin.

hail and farewell. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vale


/ (veɪl) /


a literary word for valley

Word Origin for vale

C13: from Old French val, from Latin vallis valley

sentence substitute

farewell; goodbye
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Word Origin and History for vale



river-land between two ranges of hills, c.1300, from Old French val "valley," from Latin vallem (nominative vallis, valles) "valley." Vale of years "old age" is from "Othello." Vale of tears "this world as a place of trouble" is attested from 1550s.

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