1250–1300; Middle English < Old French val < Latin vallem, accusative of vallis, vallēs valley

vale, vail. Unabridged

ave atque vale

[ah-we aht-kwe wah-le; English ey-vee at-kwee vey-lee, ah-vey aht-kwey vah-ley]
interjection Latin.
hail and farewell. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
vale1 (veɪl)
a literary word for valley
[C13: from Old French val, from Latin vallis valley]

vale2 (ˈvɑːleɪ)
sentence substitute
farewell; goodbye

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Word Origin & History

river-land between two ranges of hills, c.1300, from O.Fr. val "valley," from L. vallem (nom. vallis, valles) "valley." Vale of years "old age" is from "Othello." Vale of tears "this world as a place of trouble" is attested from 1554.
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Example sentences
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.
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