from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having an abnormally pale or wan complexion: the pallid face of the invalid.
  • adj. Lacking intensity of color or luminousness.
  • adj. Lacking in radiance or vitality; dull: pallid prose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Appearing weak, pale, or wan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deficient in color; pale; wan

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pale; wan; deficient in color: as, a pallid countenance.
  • In botany, of a pale, indefinite color.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
  • adj. lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness
  • adj. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble


Latin pallidus, from pallēre, to be pale; see pel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pallidus. (Wiktionary)



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