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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

palepeɪl(adj.)pal•er, pal•est

  1. (adj.)lacking intensity of color; colorless or whitish:

    a pale complexion.

  2. of a low degree of chroma, saturation, or purity; approaching white or gray:

    pale yellow.

  3. not bright or brilliant; dim:

    the pale moon.

  4. faint or feeble; weak:

    a pale protest.

  5. (v.t.)to make or become pale:

    to pale at the sight of blood.

Origin of pale:

1250–1300; ME < MF < L palliduspallid


palepeɪl(n.; v.)paled, pal•ing.

  1. (n.)a stake or picket, as of a fence.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. an enclosing or confining barrier; enclosure.

  3. an enclosed area.

  4. limits; bounds:

    outside the pale of my jurisdiction.

  5. a district or region within designated bounds.

  6. a central vertical stripe in a heraldic escutcheon.

    Category: Heraldry

  7. (v.t.)to enclose with pales; fence.

    Category: Building Trades

  8. to encircle or encompass.

Idioms for pale:

  1. beyond the pale,beyond the limits of propriety, courtesy, etc.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of pale:

1300–50; ME (north), OE pāl < L pālus stake


  1. var. of paleo- before vowels:


    Category: Affix


  1. pale-(Prefix)

    variant of "paleo-" used before vowels.


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