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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
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  1. a literary word for valley
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French val, from Latin vallis valley


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  1. farewell; goodbye
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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.

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