Definition of wale in English:



  • 1A ridge on a textured woven fabric such as corduroy.

    • ‘Liberty, a firm based in the United Kingdom, has begun printing on fine wale lightweight corduroy, noted Ed Harding, the firm's U.S. agent.’
    • ‘Tailored of fine thin-wale corduroy this smooth cotton sport shirt from Martin Gordon offers a modern take on a classic fabric.’
    • ‘In case of Corduroy, we will use, either 8 wale corduroy (about 320 gsm), or 14 wale corduroy (about 300 gsm) in 100% cotton or cotton/spandex blend.’
  • 2Nautical
    A plank running along the side of a wooden ship, thicker than the usual planking, and strengthening and protecting the hull.

    • ‘Michael gives measurements for the height of the wale at the midship frame.’
  • 3A horizontal band around a woven basket.

    • ‘A wale is an almost unnoticeable, but very important band of weave.’
    • ‘An example of this is the round linen basket where the wales have been woven in white willow.’


Late Old English walu stripe, weal.