Vale. n.s. [val, Fr. vallis, Latin.]
- A low ground; a valley; a place between two hills. Vale is a poetical word.
In Ida vale: who knows not Ida vale?
An hundred shepherds woned. Spenser.
Met in the vale of Arde. Shakesp. Hen. VIII.
Anchises, in a flow'ry vale, Review'd his muster'd race, and took the tale. Dryden.
- [From avail, profit; or vale, farewell. If from avail, it must be written vail, as Dryden writes. If from vale, which I think is right, it must be vale.] Money given to servants.
Since our knights and senators account
To what their sordid, begging vails amount;
Judge what a wretched share the poor attends,
Whose whole subsistence on those alms depends. Dryden.
His revenue, besides vales, amounted to thirty pounds. Swift.