English pale

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the English pale

  1. (historical) The town of Calais and its surroundings under English rule, from 1347 to 1558. [from 15th c.]
    • c. 1541, The Chronicle of Calais, London, published 1846:
      The xviij. of June came v c. Almayns out of Flandars into the Englyshe pale, and there taried the kyng's comynge.
    • 2008, David Grummitt, The Calais Garrison, page 5:
      In 1450 the English Pale stretched eighteen miles from near Wissant in Picardy to Gravelines in Flanders.
  2. (historical) The parts of Ireland under English jurisdiction. [from 16th c.]