Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as, a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue.
- A stake or pointed stick; a picket.
- A fence enclosing an area.
- The area enclosed by a fence or boundary.
- A region or district lying within an imposed boundary or constituting a separate jurisdiction.
- The medieval dominions of the English in Ireland. Used with the.
- Heraldry A wide vertical band in the center of an escutcheon.
- To enclose with pales; fence in.
- beyond the pale Irrevocably unacceptable or unreasonable: behavior that was quite beyond the pale.
- Whitish in complexion; pallid.
- Of a low intensity of color; light.
- Having high lightness and low saturation.
- Of a low intensity of light; dim or faint: "a late afternoon sun coming through the el tracks and falling in pale oblongs on the cracked, empty sidewalks” ( Jimmy Breslin).
- Feeble; weak: a pale rendition of the aria.
- To cause to turn pale.
- To become pale; blanch: paled with fright.
- To decrease in relative importance.