(archaic) Fine cloth, especially purple cloth used for robes.
(Christianity) A cloth used for various purposes on the altar in a church.
(Christianity) A piece of cardboard, covered with linen and embroidered on one side, used to cover the chalice.
(Christianity) A pallium (woollen vestment in Roman Catholicism).
(heraldiccharge) A figure resembling the Roman Catholic pallium, or pall, and having the form of the letter Y.
A heavy canvas, especially one laid over a coffin or tomb.
* 1942 , Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon , Canongate (2006), page 150:
- About this time Pope Gregory sent two archbishop's palls into England, — the one for London, the other for York.
An outer garment; a cloak or mantle.
- Thirty years or so later, a woman was put to death for stealing the purple pall from his sarcophagus, a strange, crazy crime,
- His lion's skin changed to a pall of gold.
(senseid) A feeling of gloom.
- A pall came over the crowd when the fourth goal was scored.
- The early election results cast a pall over what was supposed to be a celebration.
* cast a pall
* (heraldry) pairle
Lady Macbeth: 'Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell' (Macbeth Act I Scene v lines 48–9).
from appall. Possibly influenced by the figurative meaning of the unrelated noun.
To make vapid or insipid; to make lifeless or spiritless; to dull; to weaken.
To become vapid, tasteless, dull, or insipid; to lose strength, life, spirit, or taste.
- Reason and reflection pall all his enjoyments.
- The liquor palls .
* 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter VI
- Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover, / Fades in the eye, and palls upon the sense.
- We are all becoming accustomed to adventure. It is beginning to pall on us. We suffered no casualties and there was no illness.
Origin uncertain; perhaps from .
A common claim that the word derives from , is not supported by evidence (the word was in use at least half a century before Gaudí was born).
very showy or ornamented, now especially when excessive, or in a tasteless or vulgar manner
* 1813 , , Pride and Prejudice
- Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, / But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy .
* 1887 , Homer Greene, Burnham Breaker
- The rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable to the fortune of its proprietor; but Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendour, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings.
* 2005 , Thomas Hauser & Marilyn Cole Lownes, "How Bling-bling Took Over the Ring", The Observer , 9 January 2005
- A large gaudy , flowing cravat, and an ill-used silk hat, set well back on the wearer's head, completed this somewhat noticeable costume.
(obsolete) gay; merry; festive
- Gaudy jewellery might offend some people's sense of style. But former heavyweight champion and grilling-machine entrepreneur George Foreman is philosophical about today's craze for bling-bling.
- Let's have one other gaudy night.
- And then, there he was, slim and handsome, and dressed the gaudiest and prettiest you ever saw...
* (excessively showy) tawdry, flashy, garish, kitschy
* gaudy night
One of the large beads in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited.
From Latin gaudium "joy".
A reunion held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford for alumni, normally held during the summer vacations.