AskDefine | Define pall

Dictionary Definition



1 a sudden numbing dread [syn: chill]
2 burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped [syn: shroud, cerement, winding-sheet, winding-clothes]
3 hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window) [syn: curtain, drape, drapery, mantle]


1 become less interesting or attractive [syn: dull]
2 cause to lose courage; "dashed by the refusal" [syn: daunt, dash, scare off, frighten off, scare away, frighten away, scare]
3 cover with a pall
4 cause surfeit through excess though initially pleasing; "Too much spicy food cloyed his appetite" [syn: cloy]
5 cause to become flat; "pall the beer"
6 lose sparkle or bouquet; "wine and beer can pall" [syn: die, become flat]
7 lose strength or effectiveness; become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to); "the course palled on her"
8 get tired of something or somebody [syn: tire, weary, fatigue, jade]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /pɔːl/
  • (US) /pɔl/, /pɑl/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːl

Etymology 1

pæll, from Latin pallium ‘cloak, covering’.


  1. Fine cloth, especially purple cloth used for robes.
  2. In the context of "Christianity": A cloth used for various purposes on the altar in a church.
  3. A heavy canvas laid over a coffin or tomb.
    • 1942: Thirty years or so later, a woman was put to death for stealing the purple pall from his sarcophagus, a strange, crazy crime — Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 150)
cloth laid over coffin

Etymology 2

Apheticism from appall.


  1. To make vapid or insipid; to make lifeless or spiritless; to dull; to weaken.

Related terms



  • /ˈpɑlʲː/|lang=et


  1. ball




  1. a stool; a chair without armrests or back
  2. pallet; a movable platform, constructed to be moved by forklifts.

Derived terms


See also

Extensive Definition

Pall may refer to:


  • David Pall (1914-2004), founder of Pall Corporation
  • Donn Pall (born 1962), former professional baseball player
  • Gloria Pall (born 1929), American model, showgirl, film and television actress, author and businesswoman
  • Olga Pall (born 1947), former alpine skier

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

allay, bamboo curtain, barrier of secrecy, be infinitely repetitive, be tedious, blackout, blanket, bore, censorship, cerecloth, cerements, cloak, cloth, cloy, coat, cold water, cover, coverage, covering, covert, coverture, cowl, cowling, cram, curtain, damper, disgust, drag on, drape, drapery, engorge, ennui, fatigue, fill, fill up, glut, go on forever, gorge, graveclothes, guise, hanging, hood, housing, hush-up, irk, iron curtain, ironbound security, irritate, jade, mantle, mask, oath of secrecy, official secrecy, overdose, overfeed, overfill, overgorge, oversaturate, overstuff, repression, sate, satiate, satisfy, saturate, screen, seal of secrecy, security, shelter, shield, shroud, sicken, slake, smothering, stall, stifling, stodge, stuff, supersaturate, suppression, surfeit, tire, tire to death, veil, veil of secrecy, vestment, wear, wear on, weary, wet blanket, winding sheet, wraps
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