the amount filling a pail.

before 1000; Middle English payle wooden container, continuing Old English pægel wine container, liquid measure (of unknown orig.; compare Middle Dutch, Low German pegel half pint), by association with Old French paielle pan < Latin patella; see patella

pale, pail, pall, pallor (see synonym study at pale).

1. See bucket. Unabridged
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pail (peɪl)
1.  a bucket, esp one made of wood or metal
2.  Also called: pailful the quantity that fills a pail
[Old English pægel; compare Catalan paella frying pan, paella]

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Word Origin & History

1392, from O.Fr. paielle "warming pan, liquid measure, bath," possibly from L. patella "small pan, dish," dim. of patina "broad shallow pan." O.E. had pægel "wine vessel," but etymology does not support a connection. This word is possibly from M.L. pagella "a measure," from L. pagella "column,"
dim. of pagina (see page (1)).
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Example sentences
The treasures could be waiting in a white five-gallon pail or a small clear
  plastic container.
The first step was putting a pail of cream inside a bucket of ice.
Near a customer service desk, a broken pipe dripped water from the ceiling into
  a garbage pail.
And someone, after all, might wonder about that peculiarly placed empty pail.
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