Meaning of “pale” in the English Dictionary

"pale" in British English

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paleadjective

uk /peɪl/ 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 people generally have:

You're looking pale - are you feeling well?
She has a naturally pale complexion and dark hair.
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A2 A pale light or colour is not bright or strong:

She wore a pale blue hat.

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paleverb [ I ]

uk /peɪl/ us /peɪl/

(Definition of “pale” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pale" in American English

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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 blue scarf
A pale young man answered the door.

paleverb [ I ]

us /peɪl/

to become lighter 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)

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