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noun pas·tel \pas-ˈtel\

: a type of chalk made from a powdery substance that is used for drawing and comes in many different colors

: a drawing that is done using pastels

: a pale or light color

Full Definition of PASTEL

1
:  a paste made of powdered pigment ranging from pale to deep colors and used for making crayons; also :  a crayon made of such paste
2
a :  a drawing in pastel
b :  the process or art of drawing with pastels
3
:  a light literary sketch
4
:  any of various pale or light colors

Examples of PASTEL

  1. She has a collection of pastels.
  2. She prefers a pastel like light yellow.
  3. The room is painted in a pastel shade of blue.

Origin of PASTEL

French, from Italian pastello, from Late Latin pastellus woad, from diminutive of pasta
First Known Use: 1662

2pastel

adjective

Definition of PASTEL

1
a :  of or relating to a pastel
b :  made with pastels
2
:  pale and light in color
3
:  lacking in body or vigor

Examples of PASTEL

  1. <a pastel blue to go with the pale pink walls>

First Known Use of PASTEL

1884

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