dap·​pled | \ ˈda-pəld How to pronounce dappled (audio) \
variants: or less commonly dapple \ ˈda-​pəl How to pronounce dapple (audio) \

Definition of dappled

: marked with small spots or patches contrasting with the background a dappled fawn

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Examples of dappled in a Sentence

a forest that was vibrant with the dappled foliage of autumn
Recent Examples on the Web Ordinary solar panels, designed to be used in the open, are not effective at caching the dappled light that filters through the canopy. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers," 20 Oct. 2019 Minnesota’s common loon, a sleek black-and-white bird with beady red eyes, could lose its entire summer range; Pennsylvania’s ruffed grouse, a plump creature with dappled feathers, could lose both its summer and winter ranges. National Geographic, "Rising temperatures could make some U.S. state birds ‘stateless’," 10 Oct. 2019 Although there are a few tillandsias that can live in full sun, most require dappled shade. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "6 things they never told us about growing air plants in the Bay Area," 25 July 2019 Walk past the shiny bar space into the dappled courtyard, surrounded by brick and accented with Mediterranean-blue tiles. Bill Addison, latimes.com, "The pizzeria in ‘Eat Pray Love’ has a new Hollywood knockoff. It’s a flop.," 11 July 2019 Their feeds consist of selfies with dappled lighting, Franz Kline paintings, mid-century modern furniture, vintage cars, marble bathrooms, and buttery outfit posts. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Your Instagram Needs a Makeunder in 2019," 12 June 2019 And on the brooch a curious design: in its front paws a dog has hold of a dappled deer, the deer gasping, the dog gazing at/ barking at/ gripping/ devouring greedily the deer. Anne Carson, Harper's magazine, "From a manuscript in progress. Carson’s collection of performance pieces," 10 June 2019 For skin that's rough and dappled, the DermaSweep gives a mild refresh, using smooth bristles along with vacuum suction to gently exfoliate and boost circulation. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Reverse Sun Damage, According to Dermatologists," 16 Jan. 2019 There was a softness to the entire show, accentuated by the gentle round shoulders that were set off romantically by dappled and misty lighting. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dappled

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Dappled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dappled. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dappled

: marked with many spots of color or light

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