Main definitions of vale in English

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vale1

noun

  • A valley (used in place names or as a poetic term):

    ‘the Vale of Glamorgan’
    • ‘Alone in the desolate town, Jane wanders the vales and windy moors for many hours, on the lookout to faintly explore this town.’
    • ‘I take such comfort from the hills and vales, even though I live in Washington, DC now.’
    • ‘The harder beds generally form NW-facing escarpments, whereas their SE slopes merge gradually below the wide clay vales excavated along the outcrops of the Oxford Clay and other softer beds.’
    • ‘People may have first been drawn to Thornborough by the River Ure, a route between the Pennines to the west and Yorkshire's low-lying vales to the east.’
    • ‘Germans, French and Italians settled in the valleys of Napa and Sonoma and the land which links them, Carneros, and transformed the area into vales of vineyards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Back in the hills and vales, many girls and women had read romantic poems and stories, and this apparently shaped the ways they mused about the natural world around them even then.’
    • ‘Sandy heaths interspersed with clay vales are normal here, the lighter soils being heavily used to the point of exhaustion by early prehistoric communities and more or less abandoned from about 700 BC onwards.’
    • ‘The foothills were behind us and now the land was broad, rolling vales and plains swathed in dense semi-continuous forests.’
    • ‘If he wins, as I believe he will, you will be able to hear talk of it across the vales and hills of rural Britain and Ireland for days.’
    • ‘When we stopped at midday the road was no longer flat, but crossed gentle hills and vales, flanked by meadows in their Winter-brown dress.’
    • ‘We've scoured the vales and villages, clifftops and coves in search of the best rental properties in the land.’
    • ‘Spread over a total area of 40 acres comprising hillocks, undulating vales and also a gurgling stream, the park is now home to almost 40-flora species ranging from Cassia Alata to massanda.’
    • ‘Agriculture by this time was spreading from the drier uplands into the lower vales of York and Pickering, with settlements widespread - mainly ditched enclosures containing one or more roundhouses.’
    • ‘Ah, but it is lovely to hit the road early on a Saturday morning, humming along with uncomplicated traffic, out into the vales of vineyards, each with their borders of red roses.’
    • ‘It was completed in 1810 by the engineer John Rennie and passes through a rural landscape, over chalk vales and river valleys, winding its way through villages, market towns and the city of Bath.’
    • ‘Carpeted by rich volcanic ash, the region's moist and misty vales cradle Panama's coffee industry and also produce some of the country's finest citrus fruits and bananas.’
    • ‘He travelled the hills and vales of Co. Waterford spreading lime.’
    • ‘‘Out in the country, in the villages of the moors, dales and vales where most of these photographs were taken, little seemed to have changed since before the war,’ he writes.’
    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • vale of tears

    • literary The world regarded as a scene of trouble or sorrow:

      ‘they hadn't asked to come into this vale of tears’
      • ‘The forms of common worship are sufficient to all the joys and sorrows that befall us in this vale of tears.’
      • ‘What favor was it to other souls to bring them into this vale of tears?’
      • ‘All Christian confessions stressed that life was a vale of tears, the much deserved punishment of God for human disobedience.’
      • ‘While God reigns in heaven, human beings inhabit an inferior and comparatively worthless vale of tears.’
      • ‘The world is the theater of God's activity and a place of soul-making rather than simply an unhappy vale of tears.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French val, from Latin vallis, valles.

Pronunciation

vale

/veɪl/

Main definitions of vale in English

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vale2

exclamation

archaic

noun

archaic
  • A written or spoken farewell.

    • ‘And a warm vale to the Cardinal, who died on Sunday.’
    farewell, goodbye, adieu, leave-taking, parting, send-off
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Origin

Latin, literally be well!, be strong!, imperative of valere.

Pronunciation

vale

/ˈvɑːleɪ/