Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “bale”


noun [C]     /beɪl/
a large amount of something such as paper , wool , or cloth that has been tied tightly together: A bale of alfalfa that usually would sell for about $3.50 could cost as much as $10 this year . a bale of cotton
(Definition of bale noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of bale

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Groups and collections of things, but you might be interested in these topics from the Objects topic area:

Definitions of “bale” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


the art and knowledge involved in preparing and eating good food

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More