pal·ette | \ˈpa-lət \

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

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Rooms are also generously sized, and outfitted with padded headboards, soft throws and palettes of soothing grays. Amy Thomas, New York Times, "36 Hours in Buffalo," 28 June 2018 This season the designer eschewed the buzz of instantly comprehensible graphics or silhouettes for a palette pulled from Yves Saint Laurent. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Spring 2019 Men’s Trend Report," 27 June 2018 The Moroccan Spice eyeshadow palette is set to be the must-have item from the collection. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Is Releasing a New Fenty Beauty Eye Makeup Collection," 25 June 2018 The exclusive line offers 94 shades and features 24 face crayons, 12 lip and cheek colors, five eyeshadow palettes, three mascaras and highlighters all in fan-favorite hues, including cerulean and periwinkle. Niki Mcgloster,, "The Quick Read: ‘Hidden Figures’ Inspiration and NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson To Be Honored By Alma Mater," 6 June 2018 But Poulenc’s unique palette requires more than just great fingers. Marcus Overton,, "San Diego Symphony wraps up Masterworks series with an out-of-focus concert," 26 May 2018 Here’s the reality: Most eyeshadow palettes have about two shades that are almost empty and 12 shades that have been used exactly once, that one time, for that bachelorette party, maybe. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "WORTH IT: The 5 Insanely Good Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 18 May 2018 Kylie shared a sneak peek of the line, which includes a sparkly eyeshadow palette that is just so Kris. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "The Kylie Cosmetics Instagram Has Been Hacked and People Are Panicking," 8 May 2018 Our artists, who originally did some graphics or art on paper that was then captured by cameras, quickly transitioned to using pen and palette. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "‘We pulled off everyday miracles’: Inside the birth of the Weather Channel," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

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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to reject or criticize sharply

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