palette

noun
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 month of April, long before the crowded summer high season, brings an additional allure: a colorful palette of wildflowers blossoming in the sunshine. Mary Winston Nicklin, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 In 1911 Jacques, the youngest, set off to India to witness the coronation of King George V and was introduced to the subcontinent’s rich culture of stone carving, as well as the vibrant palette of its stones. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 11 May 2022 Indeed, the room’s restrained palette of greens and whites complements the garden, rather than distracting with lots of colors or clashing patterns. New York Times, 11 May 2022 Every element serves to expand the palette of warmth and sincerity developed across the record. Natalie Morin, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2022 Priced from $16 to $49, the collection includes a peach lip gloss, a three-piece lip crayon set, a cream and powder blush and highlighter cheek quad and an 18-shade palette of matte eyeshadows and face pigments. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Apr. 2022 With large windows and self-effacing architecture, California modernism lets nature infuse the living experience, said Ms. Hong, whose palette of greens and browns jibes with the towering greenery outside. Elizabeth Quinn Brown, WSJ, 5 Apr. 2022 After working on sets for TV and films, Crimson launched his own makeup brand in 2012, AJ Crimson Beauty, which was dedicated to creating an expansive palette of foundations and shades for women of varying complexions. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 Like the thick ambiance of insects and birdsong and the vibrant palette of tropical colors, the score plunges viewers into a specific locale in a way that’s almost tactile. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Palette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palette. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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palette

noun
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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