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vale

[veyl] /veɪl/
noun
1.
a valley.
2.
the world, or mortal or earthly life:
this vale of tears.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French val < Latin vallem, accusative of vallis, vallēs valley
Can be confused
vale, vail.

ave atque vale

[ah-we aht-kwe wah-le; English ey-vee at-kwee vey-lee, ah-vey aht-kwey vah-ley] /ˈɑ wɛ ˈɑt kwɛ ˈwɑ lɛ; English ˈeɪ vi ˈæt kwi ˈveɪ li, ˈɑ veɪ ˈɑt kweɪ ˈvɑ leɪ/
interjection, Latin.
1.
hail and farewell.
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Examples from the web for vale
  • To the great majority of the human race it is, indeed, a vale of tears.
  • Injustice will always be a part of life in this vale of tears.
  • The vale is the area surrounded almost completely by the mountains of the moon.
British Dictionary definitions for vale

vale1

/veɪl/
noun
1.
a literary word for valley
Word Origin
C13: from Old French val, from Latin vallis valley

vale2

/ˈvɑːleɪ/
sentence substitute
1.
farewell; goodbye
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Word Origin and History for vale
n.

river-land between two ranges of hills, c.1300, from Old French val "valley," from Latin vallem (nominative vallis, valles) "valley." Vale of years "old age" is from "Othello." Vale of tears "this world as a place of trouble" is attested from 1550s.

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