- 1(of a person, their face, etc.) having skin that is almost white; having skin that is whiter than usual because of illness, a strong emotion, etc. a pale complexion pale with fear to go/turn pale You look pale. Are you OK? The ordeal left her looking pale and drawn.
- 2light in color; containing a lot of white pale blue eyes a paler shade of green a pale sky opposite dark, deep
- 3(of light) not strong or bright the cold pale light of dawn see also pallid, pallor
- NAmE//ˈpeɪlli//adverb Mark stared palely (= with a pale face) at his plate.
- noun [uncountable]
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