pal·​ette | \ ˈpa-lət How to pronounce palette (audio) \

Definition of palette

1 : a thin oval or rectangular board or tablet that a painter holds and mixes pigments on
2a : the set of colors put on the palette
b(1) : a particular range, quality, or use of color The designer's palette consisted mostly of earth tones.
(2) : a comparable range, quality, or use of available elements a rich palette of tones and timbres a palette of flavors a palette of vegetables

Examples of palette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The weekend amounted to a preview of the palette of measures being put in place to get theater safely up to speed, in spaces still with severe restrictions on capacity. Washington Post, "I wondered what it would be like to be vaccinated and back in a theater. My panic lifted as soon as the lights went down.," 7 Apr. 2021 For example, Ross's palette of sensible neutrals has shade names like Leather Pants, My Sandwich, and Break. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Friends and Revolution Beauty Dropped Another Makeup Collab," 1 Apr. 2021 The suite's design features modern touches, including work by contemporary artists and a soothing color palette of pale blues, grays, and white. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, "Peek Inside the Rome Hotels Where Lady Gaga and More 'House of Gucci' Stars Reportedly Spent the Night," 29 Mar. 2021 Fittingly, the vessel’s interior was inspired by the Florida Keys and features a color palette of pastels that are synonymous with Miami. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "This Futuristic 525-Foot Superyacht Concept Is Powered by Solar Sails When There’s No Wind," 25 Mar. 2021 Designed by hospitality guru Robert McKinley, the two-story restaurant is awash in soft light, floral patterns, and a palette of salmon and sherbet hues. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, "Step Inside Lower Manhattan’s Prettiest New Restaurant," 24 Mar. 2021 In other words, the red dust that dominates the color palette of Mars is only skin deep. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, "The Red Color Of Mars Is Only Millimeters Thick," 11 Mar. 2021 Nothing new, even if the film’s color palette of blues and magentas is pleasing. Michael Phillips,, "‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ review: Awkwafina elevates Disney fable to a higher realm," 5 Mar. 2021 Featuring a beautiful palette of earthy colors (denim, rust, mushroom, and cream), this set includes service for four, with 10.75-inch dinner plates, 8-inch salad plates, 19-ounce cereal bowls, and 13-ounce berry bowls. Adria Greenhauff, Southern Living, "The 10 Best Dinnerware Sets for Serving Up Supper in Style," 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of palette

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for palette

French, from Middle French, diminutive of pale spade, from Latin pala; probably akin to Latin pangere to fix — more at pact

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10 Apr 2021

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“Palette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of palette

: a thin board that has a hole for the thumb at one end and that is used by a painter to mix colors while painting
: the range of colors used by someone


pal·​ette | \ ˈpa-lət How to pronounce palette (audio) \

Kids Definition of palette

1 : a thin board or tablet on which a painter puts and mixes colors
2 : the set of colors that an artist is using

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