Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Fall Head Over Heels...

pallor

[pal-er] /ˈpæl ər/
noun
1.
unusual or extreme paleness, as from fear, ill health, or death; wanness.
Origin of pallor
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin: paleness, equivalent to pall(ēre) to be pale + -or -or1
Can be confused
pale, pail, pall, pallor (see synonym study at pale)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pallor
Historical Examples
  • There was a curious flicker in her face as if her pallor came and went.

  • Often her husband, noting her pallor, asked if she were unwell.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • With the first pallor of dawn we got up and saw things that were new to us.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Her lips quivered a little, and the pallor of her face caught at his heart.

  • At the first sound of his voice she turned, and a bright flush stained the pallor of her cheek.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • Though her cheeks were pale before, now their pallor was deathly.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • Her cheeks never had much colour; now her whole face visibly darkened, from pallor to a dusky leaden grey, as she gazed.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • True, I see a certain touch of pallor in your face, but still you are blooming.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • On the morning of the day following that her quiet had given place to restlessness, and her pallor to a burning flush of the face.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • But from her pallor it was obvious deep emotion was stirring.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for pallor

pallor

/ˈpælə/
noun
1.
a pale condition, esp when unnatural: fear gave his face a deathly pallor
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: whiteness (of the skin), from pallēre to be pale1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pallor
n.

c.1400, from Old French palor "paleness, whiteness" (12c.) and directly from Latin pallor, from pallere "be pale, turn pale," related to pallus "dark-colored, dusky," from PIE root *pel- (2) "pale; gray" (cf. Sanskrit palitah "gray," panduh "whitish, pale;" Greek pelios "livid, dark," polios "gray;" Old English fealo "dull-colored, yellow, brown;" Welsh llwyd "gray").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
pallor in Medicine

pallor pal·lor (pāl'ər)
n.
Paleness, as of the skin.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pallor

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pallor

8
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pallor