- a valley.
- the world, or mortal or earthly life: this vale of tears.
- a literary word for valley
- farewell; goodbye
river-land between two ranges of hills, c.1300, from Old French val “valley,” from Latin vallem (nominative vallis, valles) “valley.” Vale of years “old age” is from “Othello.” Vale of tears “this world as a place of trouble” is attested from 1550s.