UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpeɪl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/peɪl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pāl)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pail /peɪl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a container with a handle;
  2. the amount filling a pail:dumping pails of water on them.
pail•ful, n. [countable], pl.  -fuls. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pail  (pāl),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. bucket.
  2. the amount filling a pail.
  • Latin patella; see patella
  • bef. 1000; Middle English payle wooden container, continuing Old English pægel wine container, liquid measure (of unknown origin, originally; compare Middle Dutch, Low German pegel half pint), by association with Old French paielle pan
    1. See  bucket. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
pail /peɪl/ n
  1. a bucket, esp one made of wood or metal
  2. Also called: pailful the quantity that fills a pail
Etymology: Old English pægel; compare Catalan paella frying pan, paella
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