• Feeble, faint.

    "He is but a pale shadow of his former self."

  • (of human skin) Having a pallor (a light color, especially due to sickness, shock, fright etc.).

    "His face turned pale after hearing about his mother's death."

  • Light in color.

    "I have pale yellow wallpaper.  She had pale skin because she didn't get much sunlight."


  • (archaic) A territory or defensive area within a specific boundary or under a given jurisdiction.
  • (historical) A portion of Russia in which Jews were permitted to live.
  • A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.
  • (archaic) Fence made from wooden stake; palisade.
  • (heraldry) A vertical band down the middle of a shield.
  • (historical) The territory around Calais under English control (from the 14th to 16th centuries).
  • A cheese scoop.
  • A wooden stake; a picket.
  • The bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment in civilized company, in the phrase beyond the pale.
  • (historical) The parts of Ireland under English jurisdiction.
  • (archaic) The jurisdiction (territorial or otherwise) of an authority.
  • (obsolete) Paleness; pallor.
  • (by extension) Limits, bounds (especially before of).


  • (transitive) To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.
  • (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, ..."

  • 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."

  • (intransitive) To turn pale; to lose colour.

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