\ ˈvāl How to pronounce vail (audio) \
vailed; vailing; vails

Definition of vail

transitive verb

: to lower often as a sign of respect or submission

First Known Use of vail

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vail

Middle English valen, partly borrowed from Anglo-French valer (short for avaler "to lower") & partly short for Middle English avalen "to let fall," borrowed from Anglo-French avaler, verbal derivative of aval "downward," from a "to" (going back to Latin ad) + val "valley" — more at at entry 1, vale

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“Vail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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