Definition of pallor in English:



  • An unhealthy pale appearance.

    ‘the deathlike pallor of his face’
    • ‘The figure is painted on a plain brown background and thus the focus of the whole work falls on the dark garment and the pallor of the hand and face.’
    • ‘It coated the world in a pale flurry, casting a ghostlike pallor and creating moon shadows among the skeletons of trees.’
    • ‘Her pallor became pale with the pain and the corners of her mouth stiffened.’
    • ‘He had the pallor of a corpse; he had little color to him.’
    • ‘Instead, they stay put and give skin an unhealthy pallor and texture.’
    • ‘Until then, only workmen sported tans: anybody with pretensions cultivated a pallor.’
    • ‘Small and rather shy, Madison usually dressed in black, had the bookish pallor of a scholar, and cut a somber figure.’
    • ‘The intense pallor of his complexion, tightly cropped ginger hair, and prominent Adam's apple, only emphasised his lack of stature.’
    • ‘There were dark circles under his eyes, and his skin took on a pale pallor.’
    • ‘All this blueness is in contrast to the pallor of his complexion and the beginnings of a beard and mustache.’
    • ‘So long as you don't have to look at the graveyard pallor of the rest of my body this is great.’
    • ‘It begins adagio, and soon an odd pallor settles over the piece.’
    • ‘But today seedy glamour is being replaced by the dim light of computer screens and the unhealthy pallor of those who stare into them for most of their waking hours.’
    • ‘Her pallor was pale, and her eyes, large, dark and profoundly sad, as if from years of suffering.’
    • ‘I am now down to eight and a half stone and have a sickly pallor.’
    • ‘No individuals have ever been prosecuted, so these satellites have what's called the pallor of respectability.’
    • ‘It's the place where day becomes night, and everyone leaves with an unhealthy pallor.’
    • ‘So what if journalists poke fun at its more superficial aspects - the cut of the suits, the pallor of the skin, the stains on the shirts?’
    • ‘His face has the pallor of someone allergic to daylight.’
    • ‘He had a pale pallor and his flesh did not seem to absorb any heat from the flames licking at the brick of the fire place.’
    paleness, pallidness, lack of colour, whiteness, colourlessness, wanness, ashen hue, pastiness, peakiness, greyness, sickliness, sallowness
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Late Middle English: from Latin, from pallere ‘be pale’.