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Definition of Pelé

  1. It is the simple past perfect conjugation of the verb pelar for the first person singular. In this case, it refers to the past action of removing the outer shell or layer from something.


  1. Translated from Portuguese, the term pelé means “skin” in Spanish. That is, the outer layer that covers many living beings, including humans.


  1. Synonymous with paying attention, it is said especially in the context of a conversation or request. For example: She got upset that I didn’t pelé her at all on the day.


  1. Claim to have taken money from someone normally in the middle of a bet or competition. For example: They robbed him and left him bare.
  2. Colloquially the phrase “me pelé” refers to the act of having hair cut very low flush or of the leather scalp.
  3. Pelar is a statement that is linked, in some Latin American contexts, to the fact that you really want to do something. In this context: He fights for going to the pool.


Pelé is a word that derives from the conjugation of the verb pelar, so its origin is from the Latin term pilaré, which means to remove the skin or covering from something. In this context it is used for vegetables, animals, garments and others.


In the Portuguese language, the word pelé means “skin”. In both Spanish and Portuguese this word derives from the Latin pellis and designates the entire coverage of some living beings. It is used interchangeably for when the fabric is alive, as for when the fabric is processed to be used in industry.


  1. Pelé is a former Brazilian footballer who has been recognized as the best footballer of all time. He played as a forward, winning three World Cups with Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970). He scored 1284 goals, being 767 officials: this is the second highest number in history.
  2. Edson Arantes do Nascimento began to be called Pelé in his childhood. It is said that as a child they used him to play goalkeeper to give the rival an advantage. At the moment of “stopping”, they found him similar to Bilé, a goalkeeper known to his father. 
  3. The streaming network Netflix has produced a documentary film covering the birth and evolution of soccer star Pelé. This homonymous production was released on February 23, 2021.