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VIA 6 

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LA 2LI 2

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Definitions and meaning of vail



  • IPA(key): /veɪl/
  • Rhymes: -eɪl
  • Homophones: vale, veil

Etymology 1

From Middle English vayle, from Old French vail, from valoir (to be worth), from Latin valeō (I am worth).


vail (plural vails)

  1. (obsolete) Profit; return; proceeds.
    • 1605, George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston, Eastward Hoe, London: William Aspley, Act II, Scene 2,[1]
      My house is as t’were the Caue, where the yong Out-lawe hoords the stolne vayles of his occupation []
  2. (chiefly in the plural, obsolete) Money given to servants by visitors; a gratuity; also vale.
    • 1696, John Dryden, The Husband His Own Cuckold, London: J. Tonson, Act I, Scene 1, p. 9,[2]
      Do you remember, how many Rich Gowns and Petticoats, how many lac’d Pinners, Hoods, Scarfs, and Nightrails, I have given you, since the three Years you have serv’d me, together with many other Vails, Perquisites, and Profits you have enjoy’d in my Service?
    • 1742, Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews, London: Harrison & Co., 1780, Volume I, Book 2, Chapter 16, p. 91,[3]
      [] it is a maxim among the gentlemen of our cloth, that those masters who promise the most, perform the least; and I have often heard them say, they have found the largest vails in those families where they were not promised any.

Etymology 2

From Middle English valen; either from Anglo-Norman valer or a clipping of avalen. Compare avale.


vail (plural vails)

  1. (obsolete) Submission.


vail (third-person singular simple present vails, present participle vailing, simple past and past participle vailed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To lower, let fall; to allow or cause to sink.
    • c. 1515–1516, published 1568, John Skelton, Againſt venemous tongues enpoyſoned with ſclaunder and falſe detractions &c.:
      Then let them vale a bonet of their proud ſayle,
      And of their taunting toies reſt with il hayle.
    • 1594, Christopher Marlowe, Edward II, London: William Jones,[4]
      [] when he shall know it lies in vs,
      To banish him, and then to call him home,
      Twill make him vaile the topflag of his pride,
      And feare to offend the meanest noble man.
    • c. 1604, William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act V, Scene 1,[5]
      [] Vail your regard
      Upon a wrong’d, I would fain have said, a maid!
  2. (transitive, vexillology) To lower or “dip” a carried flag or banner in a salute by a forward reducing of the angle of the pike/flagstaff with respect to the ground; in extreme instances, as when saluting a monarch, both the banner and the finial of the pike are allowed to rest upon the ground.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete, nautical) To lower a sail, in salute or otherwise.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To remove as a sign of deference, as a hat.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1, Act V, Scene 3,[6]
      [] Now the time is come
      That France must vail her lofty-plumed crest
      And let her head fall into England’s lap.
    • 1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Chapter 5,[7]
      [] the Templar [] , without vailing his bonnet, or testifying any reverence for the alleged sanctity of the relic, took from his neck a gold chain, which he flung on the board []
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To pay homage, bow, submit, defer (to someone or something); to yield, give way (to something).
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, Pericles, Act IV, Prologue,[8]
      She would with rich and constant pen
      Vail to her mistress Dian;
    • 1690, John Locke, An Essay concerning Human Understanding, London: Thomas Basset, Book 4, Chapter 17, p. 346,[9]
      [] when a Man does not readily vail to the Opinions of approved Authors, which have been received with respect and submission by others
    • 1692, Robert South, Discourses on Various Subjects and Occasions, Boston: Bowles & Dearborn, 1827, Discourse 5, p. 370,[10]
      Thy convenience must vail to thy neighbour’s necessity.

Etymology 3


vail (plural vails)

  1. Archaic form of veil.
  2. Misspelling of veil.


vail (third-person singular simple present vails, present participle vailing, simple past and past participle vailed)

  1. Archaic form of veil.
  2. Misspelling of veil.


  • LAIV, VALI, Vali, Vial, Vila, vali, vial, vila

  • VAHANA, (Sanskrit) a vehicle in Indian myth.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)