pale

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French pale, from Latin pallidus (pale, pallid).

Adjective[edit]

pale (comparative paler, superlative palest)

  1. Light in color.
    I have pale yellow wallpaper.
    She had pale skin because she didn't get much sunlight.
  2. (of human skin) Having a pallor (a light color, especially due to sickness, shock, fright etc.).
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 5, The China Governess[1]:
      Mr. Campion appeared suitably impressed and she warmed to him. He was very easy to talk to with those long clown lines in his pale face, a natural goon, born rather too early she suspected.
    His face turned pale after hearing about his mother's death.
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Verb[edit]

pale (third-person singular simple present pales, present participle paling, simple past and past participle paled)

  1. (intransitive) To turn pale; to lose colour.
    • Elizabeth Browning
      Apt to pale at a trodden worm.
  2. (intransitive) To become insignificant.
    2006 New York Times Its financing pales next to the tens of billions that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will have at its disposal, ...
    • 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
      The matter of whether the world needs a fourth Ice Age movie pales beside the question of why there were three before it, but Continental Drift feels less like an extension of a theatrical franchise than an episode of a middling TV cartoon, lolling around on territory that’s already been settled.
  3. (transitive) To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.
    • Shakespeare
      The glowworm shows the matin to be near, / And gins to pale his uneffectual fire.
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Noun[edit]

pale

  1. (obsolete) Paleness; pallor.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English, from Latin pālus (stake, prop).

Noun[edit]

pale (plural pales)

  1. A wooden stake; a picket.
    • Mortimer
      Deer creep through when a pale tumbles down.
  2. (archaic) Fence made from wooden stake; palisade.
    • 1615, Ralph Hamor, A True Discourse of the Present State of Virginia, Richmond 1957, p. 13:
      Fourthly, they shall not vpon any occasion whatsoeuer breake downe any of our pales, or come into any of our Townes or forts by any other waies, issues or ports then ordinary [...].
  3. (by extension) Limits, bounds (especially before of).
    • Milton
      to walk the studious cloister's pale
    • 1900, Jack London, Son of the Wolf:The Wisdom of the Trail:
      Men so situated, beyond the pale of the honor and the law, are not to be trusted.
    • 1919, B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols, Searchlights on Health:When and Whom to Marry:
      All things considered, we advise the male reader to keep his desires in check till he is at least twenty-five, and the female not to enter the pale of wedlock until she has attained the age of twenty.
  4. The bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment in civilized company, in the phrase beyond the pale.
  5. (heraldry) A vertical band down the middle of a shield.
  6. (archaic) A territory or defensive area within a specific boundary or under a given jurisdiction.
    1. (historical) The parts of Ireland under English jurisdiction.
    2. (historical) The territory around Calais under English control (from the 14th to 16th centuries).
      • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 402:
        He knows the fortifications – crumbling – and beyond the city walls the lands of the Pale, its woods, villages and marshes, its sluices, dykes and canals.
      • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 73:
        A low-lying, marshy enclave stretching eighteen miles along the coast and pushing some eight to ten miles inland, the Pale of Calais nestled between French Picardy to the west and, to the east, the imperial-dominated territories of Flanders.
    3. (historical) A portion of Russia in which Jews were permitted to live.
  7. (archaic) The jurisdiction (territorial or otherwise) of an authority.
  8. A cheese scoop.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Simmonds to this entry?)
  9. A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spencer to this entry?)
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Verb[edit]

pale (third-person singular simple present pales, present participle paling, simple past and past participle paled)

  1. To enclose with pales, or as if with pales; to encircle or encompass; to fence off.
    [Your isle, which stands] ribbed and paled in / With rocks unscalable and roaring waters. — Shakespeare.

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Estonian[edit]

Noun[edit]

pale (??? please provide the genitive and partitive!)

  1. cheek

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pāla (shovel, spade).

Noun[edit]

pale f (plural pales)

  1. blade

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Haitian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French parler (talk, speak)

Verb[edit]

pale

  1. to talk, to speak

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

pale

  1. plural form of pala

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Jèrriais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French pale, from Latin pallidus (pale, pallid).

Adjective[edit]

pale (epicene, plural pales)

  1. pale

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Kurdish[edit]

Noun[edit]

pale ?

  1. worker

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

pāle

  1. vocative singular of pālus

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin pallidus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pale m, f

  1. pale, whitish or having little color

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Swahili[edit]

Adverb[edit]

pale

  1. there