• To turn pale; to lose colour.
  • To become insignificant.
  • To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.
  • To enclose with pales, or as if with pales; to encircle or encompass; to fence off.


  • Paleness; pallor.
  • A wooden stake; a picket.
  • Fence made from wooden stake; palisade.
  • Limits, bounds (especially before of).
  • The bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment in civilized company, in the phrase beyond the pale.
  • A vertical band down the middle of a shield.
  • A territory or defensive area within a specific boundary or under a given jurisdiction.
  • The jurisdiction (territorial or otherwise) of an authority.
  • A cheese scoop.


  • From Middle English pale, from Old French pale, from Latin pallidus ("pale, pallid"). pallid.
  • From Middle English pale, pal, borrowed from Old French pal, from Latin pālus ("stake, prop"). English inherited the word pole (or, rather Old English pāl) from a much older Proto-Germanic borrowing of the same Latin word.
  • peel, and pole.

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