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pall1

[pawl] /pɔl/
noun
1.
a cloth, often of velvet, for spreading over a coffin, bier, or tomb.
2.
a coffin.
3.
anything that covers, shrouds, or overspreads, especially with darkness or gloom.
4.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. pallium (def 2b).
  2. a linen cloth or a square cloth-covered piece of cardboard used to cover a chalice.
5.
Heraldry. pairle.
6.
Archaic. a cloth spread upon an altar; corporal.
7.
Archaic. a garment, especially a robe, cloak, or the like.
verb (used with object)
8.
to cover with or as with a pall.
Origin of pall1
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English pæll pope's pallium < Latin pallium cloak
Related forms
pall-like, adjective
Can be confused
pale, pail, pall, pallor (see synonym study at pale)
Synonyms
3. shadow, melancholy, oppression.

pall2

[pawl] /pɔl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to have a wearying or tiresome effect (usually followed by on or upon).
2.
to become distasteful or unpleasant.
3.
to become satiated or cloyed with something.
verb (used with object)
4.
to satiate or cloy.
5.
to make dull, distasteful, or unpleasant.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English pallen; aphetic variant of appall
Synonyms
4. glut, sate, surfeit.
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Examples from the Web for pall
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  • In the green singing world the pall lifted from his spirits.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • That ere youngster we went arter, by Mr. Bofort's wish, was a pall of his.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I have rescued them from the pages of the pall Mall Magazine.

    Immortal Memories Clement Shorter
  • They sat in one of the two large boxes of the pall Mall Theatre.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • The coffin rested on an elevated bier before the altar, its plainness hidden beneath a pall of white-and gold embroidered cloth.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
British Dictionary definitions for pall

pall1

/pɔːl/
noun
1.
a cloth covering, usually black, spread over a coffin or tomb
2.
a coffin, esp during the funeral ceremony
3.
a dark heavy covering; shroud: the clouds formed a pall over the sky
4.
a depressing or oppressive atmosphere: her bereavement cast a pall on the party
5.
(heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a Y-shaped bearing
6.
(Christianity)
  1. a small square linen cloth with which the chalice is covered at the Eucharist
  2. an archaic word for pallium (sense 2)
7.
an obsolete word for cloak
verb
8.
(transitive) to cover or depress with a pall
Word Origin
Old English pæll, from Latin: pallium

pall2

/pɔːl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by on. to become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to): history classes palled on me
2.
to cloy or satiate, or become cloyed or satiated
Word Origin
C14: variant of appal
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Word Origin and History for pall
n.

Old English pæll "rich cloth or cloak, purple robe, altar cloth," from Latin pallium "cloak, coverlet, covering," in Tertullian, the garment worn by Christians instead of the Roman toga; related to pallo "robe, cloak," palla "long upper garment of Roman women," perhaps from the root of pellis "skin." Notion of "cloth spread over a coffin" (mid-15c.) led to figurative sense of "dark, gloomy mood" (1742).

v.

"become tiresome," 1700, from Middle English pallen "to become faint, fail in strength" (late 14c.), shortened form of appallen "to dismay, fill with horror or disgust" (see appall). Related: Palled; palling.

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