- a valley.
- the world, or mortal or earthly life: this vale of tears.
Origin of vale
Examples from the Web for vales
In all the hills and vales of Greece his Io pæan sounded still.
They are very pleasing from form, verdure, and the water breaking in their vales.A Tour in Ireland
He walks through the vales of Arcady, among pickles and cheeses.By the Christmas Fire
Samuel McChord Crothers
Hills and vales, bluffs and ravines, were continually presented in successions of sublimity and beauty which charmed the eye.
Her crests and peaks, her vales and plains, lie white and whelmed with snow.The Masque of the Elements
- a literary word for valley
- farewell; goodbye
Word Origin and History for vales
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.