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Meaning of “pale” in the English Dictionary

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paleadjective

uk   us   /peɪl/
B2 used to ​describe a person's ​face or ​skin if it has less ​colour than ​usual, for ​example when the ​person is or ​ill or ​frightened, or if it has less ​colour than ​peoplegenerally have: You're ​looking pale - are you ​feeling well? She has a ​naturally pale ​complexion and ​darkhair.
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A2 A pale ​light or ​colour is not ​bright or ​strong: She ​wore a pale ​bluehat. pale ​wintersunlight

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paleverb [I]

uk   us   /peɪl/
(Definition of pale from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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paleadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /peɪl/
(of a person’s ​face) having less ​color than ​usual, or (of a ​color or ​light) not ​bright or ​strong: a pale ​bluescarf A pale ​young man ​answered the ​door.

paleverb [I]

 us   /peɪl/
to ​becomelighter than ​usual in ​color: Madeleine ​sickened and paled during the next two ​days.
(Definition of pale from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pale”
in Korean 창백한…
in Arabic شاحِب…
in Malaysian pucat…
in French pâle…
in Russian бледный…
in Chinese (Traditional) (臉色或膚色)蒼白的,白的, 暗淡的, 淺的,淡的…
in Italian pallido…
in Turkish uçuk, solgun, donuk…
in Polish blady…
in Spanish pálido, claro…
in Vietnamese nhợt nhạt, tái…
in Portuguese pálido…
in Thai ซีด, (สี) ซีด…
in German blaß…
in Catalan pàl·lid…
in Japanese (顔が)青白い…
in Chinese (Simplified) (脸色或肤色)苍白的,白的, 暗淡的, 浅的,淡的…
in Indonesian pucat, warna muda…
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