vail

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Aphetic form of avail

Noun[edit]

vail (plural vails)

  1. (obsolete) profit; return; proceeds.
    • Chapman
      My house is as were the cave where the young outlaw hoards the stolen vails of his occupation.
  2. (chiefly in the plural, obsolete) Money given to servants by visitors; a gratuity; also vale.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

Aphetic form of avale

Noun[edit]

vail (plural vails)

  1. (obsolete) submission

Verb[edit]

vail (third-person singular simple present vails, present participle vailing, simple past and past participle vailed)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To yield.
    • South
      Thy convenience must vail to thy neighbor's necessity.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To remove as a sign of deference, as a hat.
    • Shakespeare
      France must vail her lofty-plumed crest!
    • Sir Walter Scott
      without vailing his bonnet or testifying any reverence for the alleged sanctity of the relic
  3. To let fall; to allow or cause to sink.
    • Shakespeare
      Vail your regard / Upon a wronged, I would fain have said, a maid!

Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

vail (plural vails)

  1. Archaic form of veil.

Verb[edit]

vail (third-person singular simple present vails, present participle vailing, simple past and past participle vailed)

  1. Archaic form of veil.

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