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  1. a valley.
  2. the world, or mortal or earthly life: this vale of tears.
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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]
interjection Latin.
  1. hail and farewell.
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  • A gift from one who is legging it out of this vale of tears.

  • The eye could not pierce beyond them, and the imagination was in a manner embosomed in the vale.


    William Godwin

  • The vale of Tempe, Tivoli and Rome are earth and water, rocks and sky.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Above this line, on the sides of the vale, everything is bare and brown and dry.

  • Yes, that is our dream: to turn all earth into the Vale of Ajalon at our pleasure.

    With The Night Mail

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for vale


  1. a literary word for valley
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French val, from Latin vallis valley


sentence substitute
  1. 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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