Definition of pallor in US English:



  • An unhealthy pale appearance.

    ‘the deathlike pallor of his face’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, they stay put and give skin an unhealthy pallor and texture.’
    • ‘His face has the pallor of someone allergic to daylight.’
    • ‘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 begins adagio, and soon an odd pallor settles over the piece.’
    • ‘Her pallor was pale, and her eyes, large, dark and profoundly sad, as if from years of suffering.’
    • ‘It coated the world in a pale flurry, casting a ghostlike pallor and creating moon shadows among the skeletons of trees.’
    • ‘It's the place where day becomes night, and everyone leaves with an unhealthy pallor.’
    • ‘So long as you don't have to look at the graveyard pallor of the rest of my body this is great.’
    • ‘The intense pallor of his complexion, tightly cropped ginger hair, and prominent Adam's apple, only emphasised his lack of stature.’
    • ‘No individuals have ever been prosecuted, so these satellites have what's called the pallor of respectability.’
    • ‘There were dark circles under his eyes, and his skin took on a pale pallor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All this blueness is in contrast to the pallor of his complexion and the beginnings of a beard and mustache.’
    • ‘I am now down to eight and a half stone and have a sickly pallor.’
    • ‘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’.