verb[with object] archaic
- Turning himself towards the noblemen that sat on a form placed before the scaffold, he vailed his hat.
- He vailed his bonnet to no one but a judge.
- Vailing his cap, like them, to the Queen's representatives, he covered himself when he looked at the Pope's delegate.
Middle English (originally in the sense 'lower (one's eyes, weapon, banner, etc.) as a sign of submission'): shortening of obsolete avale, from Old French avaler 'to lower', from a val 'down' (literally 'in the valley').
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