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



BrE BrE//beɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//beɪl//
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a large amount of a light material pressed tightly together and tied up bales of hay/straw/cotton/wool Word OriginMiddle English: probably from Middle Dutch, from Old French; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ball ‘spherical object’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bale