Definitions

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

  • n. Extreme or unnatural paleness.

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  • n. Paleness; want of color; pallidity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Paleness; want of color; pallidity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Paleness; wanness.

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

  • n. unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)

Etymologies

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

Middle English pallour, from Old French palor, from Latin pallor, from pallēre, to be pale; see pel-1 in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin pallor ("paleness, pallor"), from palleō ("I am or look pale, blanch").

Examples

  • Even though Freeman's lovely caramel pallor is at odds with these facts, he nonetheless projects the necessary authority to play America’s most-celebrated military and civil leader.

    Morgan Freeman Is Nelson Mandela In ‘Invictus’… Here Are Five More Historical Figures He Should Play » MTV Movies Blog

  • Do this by wasting money every two weeks on at least one expensive rouge lipstick that, once you have left the shop, turns out to be too berry, too Royal Mail-box red, too silt puddle brown or too zany raspberry for your skin pallor.

    Slap shtick: How not to put on make-up

  • He has a tendency to lose his temper and order God to curse people with his skin pallor.

    McCain:

  • At his watchful distance, her pallor was a beacon, a broadcast resonance.

    The Best American Erotica 2006

  • I assumed her pallor was the result of being indoors all the time and that the blue vein that beat wildly at her temple was a kind of inner metronome.

    Middlesex

  • The pallor might be the result of emotion, or it might be natural.

    Through the Wall

  • It was anger that had seized Mrs. Strickland, and her pallor was the pallor of a cold and sudden rage.

    Moon and Sixpence

  • The pallor is the pallor of hardship, often of the lack of the right kind of nourishment, but the stillness is not the result of inward personal calm and peace.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

  • We both, she and I, took after our mother, were broad shouldered, strongly built, and capable of endurance, but her pallor was a sign of ill-health; she often had a cough, and I sometimes caught in her face that look one sees in people who are seriously ill, but for some reason conceal the fact.

    The Chorus Girl and Other Stories

  • Her pallor was the pallor of death; the convulsions began once more.

    A Love Episode

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  • Annie Clark (St. Vincent) uses pallor twice in "Jesus Saves, I Spend" from her album Marry Me.

    "While Jesus is saving, I'm spending all my days

    in the garden-grey pallor of lines across your face"

    and

    "While Jesus is saving I'm spending all my grace

    on rosy-red pallor of lights on center stage".

    March 31, 2010

  • malaise and pallor

    December 12, 2009

  • Like wine grown stale, the street-lamp’s pallor seeks

    The wilted anger of her scarlet lips,

    And bitter, evanescent finger-tips

    Of unsaid questions play upon her cheeks.

    She sways a little, and her tired breath,

    Fumbling at the crucifix of her mind,

    Draws out the aged nails, now dull and kind,

    That once were sharp loves hardening in their death.

    - Maxwell Bodenheim, 'Sonnet'.

    September 21, 2009