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1. An outer garment; a cloak mantle. His lion's skin changed to a pall of gold. (Spenser)

2. A kind of rich stuff used for garments in the middle ages.

3. Same as pallium. About this time pope Gregory sent two archbishop's palls into England, the one for london, the other for York. (Fuller)

4. A figure resembling the roman Catholic pallium, or pall, and having the form of the letter Y.

5. A large cloth, especially, a heavy black cloth, thrown over a coffin at a funeral; sometimes, also, over a tomb. Warriors carry the warrior's pall. (Tennyson)

6. A piece of cardboard, covered with linen and embroidered on one side; used to put over the chalice.

Origin: OE. Pal, AS. Pael, from L. Pallium cover, cloak, mantle, pall; cf. L. Palla robe, mantle.