Definition of dale in English:



  • A valley, especially in northern England.

    • ‘From sandy beaches to lofty mountain tops, rolling dales to bustling cities, we've got the lot.’
    • ‘During my daughter's recent break in the dales we decided to walk from Langcliffe to Malham and back, walking around Langcliffe Scar.’
    • ‘Walkers are unlikely to be able to roam freely across the moors and dales of North Yorkshire this summer, farmers' leader Ben Gill warned today.’
    • ‘Between a third and half of the dew ponds, unique to the limestone dales in the White Peak, have also disappeared.’
    • ‘Their victory is visible in the houses and crofts that still spread across the hills of the glen and the dale.’
    • ‘Northern parts of the county, particularly the dales and moors, are popular with incomers.’
    • ‘Location managers are keen to capitalise on county's moorland, coast, dales and historic capital city.’
    • ‘The dales, vales and hills of our region will be alive with the sound of music when the county becomes the venue for a record-breaking live music event.’
    • ‘Starting in Alstonefield, we descended into Wolfscote Dale, following the river along the entire length of the dale until we reached Shining Tor.’
    • ‘There are many books dedicated to the mountains and lakes of the Lake District but none celebrate the stunning dales that are a feature of the national park.’
    • ‘For hundreds of years they have worked the dales, the vales, the moors and rest of Yorkshire's countryside and moulded it into the scenery we admire so much today.’
    • ‘Ah, it really is good to see city kids find their feet on the terrain of the Yorkshire dales!’
    • ‘He would write walking guides with routes that took in some of the finest pubs on the dales and moors.’
    • ‘His atmospheric, visionary work is deeply rooted in the moors, fells and dales of North Yorkshire, and his paintings range in price from £250 to £4,500.’
    • ‘‘If we had say four inches of snow up in the dales, followed by a thaw and heavy rainfall, that would put our defences to a severe test,’ admits John.’
    • ‘Great friendship has extended to me whenever I come up into the dales.’
    • ‘It's one of the most remote dales in Yorkshire, the northern-most.’
    • ‘‘I have been advised that if this does not happen this year, then it will never happen and that would be very sad indeed for the people of the upper dale,’ he said.’
    • ‘Helen Mark's out and about in the hills and dales of Derbyshire, a county with a landscape that's literally as pretty as a picture.’
    • ‘Sedbergh looked beautiful the sun was shining on the hills and dales so I can't see that the series will do us anything but good.’
    valley, vale
    hollow, hole, basin, gully, gorge, ravine
    dene, combe, slade
    glen, strath
    dell, dingle
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Old English dæl, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse dalr, Dutch dal, and German Tal, also to dell.