Definition of pail noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//peɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//peɪl//
(North American English or old-fashioned)
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= bucket Word OriginMiddle English: origin uncertain; compare with Old English pægel ‘gill, small measure’ and Old French paelle ‘pan, liquid measure, brazier’.Extra examples She filled the pail with fresh water. She threw all the scraps into a garbage pail. The children played on the beach with their shovels and pails. Women in some villages had to trudge miles to fetch one pail of water. a worker equipped with a mop and pail pails of soapy water
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