Dictionary: PAL'A-TAL – PALE-LY

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Pertaining to the palate; uttered by the aid of the palate.


A letter pronounced by the aid of the palate, or an articulation of the root of the tongue with the roof of the mouth; as g and k, in eg, ek.

PAL'ATE, n. [L. palatum, properly the arch or cope of heaven.]

  1. The roof or upper part of the mouth. – Encyc.
  2. Taste. Hard task to hit the palates of such guests. – Pope. [This signification of the word originated in the opinion that the palate is the instrument of taste. This is a mistake. In itself it has no power of taste.]
  3. Mental relish; intellectual taste. Men of nice palates could not relish Aristotle, as dressed up by the schoolmen. – Baker.

PAL'ATE, v.t.

To perceive by the taste. [Not used.] – Shak.

PA-LA'TIAL, a.1 [from palate.]

Pertaining to the palate; as, the palatial retraction of the tongue. – Barrow.

PA-LA'TIAL, a.2 [from L. palatium, palace.]

Pertaining to a palace; becoming a palace; magnificent. – Drummond.


Belonging to the palate. [Not used.] – Hobler.

PA-LAT'IN-ATE, n. [It. palatinato, from L. palatinus. See Palatine.]

The province or seignory of a palatine; as, the Palatinate of the Rhine in Germany, called the upper and lower Palatinate. – Encyc.

PAL'A-TINE, a. [Fr. palatin; It. palatino; from L. palatinus, from palatium, palace.]

Pertaining to a palace; an epithet applied originally to persons holding an office or employment in the king's palace: hence it imports possessing royal privileges; as, a count palatine. In England, formerly, were three counties palatine, Chester, Durham and Lancaster; the two former by prescription, the latter by grant of Edward III. They were so called, because the proprietors, the Earl of Chester, the Bishop of Durham, and the Duke of Lancaster, possessed royal rights, as fully as the King in his palace. Of these, the county of Durham is the only one now remaining in the hands of a subject. – Blackstone.


One invested with royal privileges and rights. A palatine or count palatine, on the continent of Europe, is one delegated by a prince to hold courts of justice in a province, or one who has a palace and a court of justice in his own house. In Poland, a palatine, may be regarded as the governor of a province. – Encyc.


Pleasing to the taste. [Not used.] – Brown.

PA-LA'VER, n. [Sp. palabra, Port. palavra, a word. Qu. W. llavar, utterance; with a prefix.]

  1. Idle talk.
  2. Flattery; adulation. [This is used with us in the vulgar dialect.]
  3. Talk; conversation; conference; a sense used in Africa, as appears by the relations of missionaries.

PA-LA'VER, v.t.

To flatter. [In vulgar use.]


A flatterer. [1841 Addenda only.]


One who palavers.

PALE, a. [Fr. pale, palir; L. palleo, pallidus; Russ. bielie, white; bieliju, to whiten. It is probably allied to Sax. falewe, fealo, fallow, pale red or yellow, D. vaal, from the sense of failing, withering; W. pallu, to fail. See Class Bl, No. 6, 7, 13, 18.]

  1. White or whitish; wan; deficient in color; not ruddy or fresh of color; as, a pale face or skin; pale cheeks. We say also, a pale red, a pale blue, that is, a whitish red or blue. Pale is not precisely synonymous with white, as it usually denotes what we call wan, a darkish dun white.
  2. Not bright; not shining; of a faint luster; dim; as, the pale light of the moon. The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick; / It looks a little paler. – Shak.

PALE, n. [Sax. pal; G. pfahl; G. paal; Sw. påle; Dan. pæl; W. pawl; L. palus; coinciding with Eng. pole, as well as pale; Russ. palitz, a stick or club. It has the elements of L. pala, a spade or shovel, and the radical sense is probably an extended thing, or a shoot. Qu. Ar. نَبَلَ nabala, to dart. Class Bl. No. 18.]

  1. A narrow board pointed or sharpened at one end, used in fencing or inclosing. This is with us more generally called a picket.
  2. A pointed stake; hence to empale, – which see.
  3. An inclosure; properly, that which incloses, like fence, limit; hence the space inclosed. He was born within the pale of the church; within the pale of Christianity. – Atterbury.
  4. District; limited territory. – Clarendon.
  5. In heraldry, [one of the greater ordinaries, being a broad perpendicular line. – E.H.B.]

PALE, v.t.1

To make pale. – Shak. Prior.

PALE, v.t.2 [D. paalen; G. pfählen.]

  1. To inclose with pales or stakes. – Mortimer.
  2. To inclose; to encompass. – Shak.

PAL-E-A'CEOUS, a. [L. palea, straw, chaff.]

  1. Chaffy; resembling chaff, or consisting of it; as, a paleaceous pappus. – Lee.
  2. Chaffy; furnished with chaff; as, a paleaceous receptacle. – Martyn.

PAL'ED, pp.

  1. Inclosed with pales or pickets.
  2. Striped.


Having eyes dim. – Milton.


  1. Having a pale or wan face. – Shak.
  2. Causing paleness of face; as, pale-faced fear. – Shak.


Dispirited. – Shak.

PALE-LY, adv.

Wanly; not freshly or ruddily.