from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Archaic Pale.
- adj. Heraldry Divided into several equal parts by perpendicular lines. Used of a field.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. vertically striped
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pale; wanting color; dim.
- adj. Divided into four or more equal parts by perpendicular lines, and of two different tinctures disposed alternately.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In heraldry, divided into four or more equal parts by perpendicular lines: as, paly of six argent and gules.
- Pale; wanting color.
- n. Same as pale, 1.
- n. A roll of bran such as is given to hounds.
Middle English, from Old French pale, from pal, stake; see pale1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare French palé. See pale a stake. (Wiktionary)