pale Definition

  • 1light in color or shade; containing little color or pigment
  • 2having a face that is white or yellowish and looks unhealthy
  • 3become pale in one's face from shock or fear

Using pale: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pale" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The walls were painted a pale blue.

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    She looked pale and tired after the long flight.

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    He paled at the sight of the blood.

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    The moon cast a pale light over the landscape.

pale Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for pale

Phrases with pale

  • a type of beer that is light in color and made with lightly roasted malt


    I'll have a pint of pale ale, please.

  • to seem much less impressive when compared to someone or something else


    My achievements pale in comparison to yours.

  • a personification of death, often depicted as a skeletal figure riding a pale horse


    The pale rider appeared in his dreams, a harbinger of doom.

Origins of pale

from Old French 'pale' meaning 'light-colored'


Summary: pale in Brief

The term 'pale' [peɪl] refers to light colors or shades, or a face that is white or yellowish and looks unhealthy. It can also describe a reaction to shock or fear, as in 'He paled at the sight of the blood.' 'Pale' extends into phrases like 'pale ale,' a type of beer, and 'pale in comparison,' denoting inferiority.

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