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

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Today, the brand behind the culty Naked palette announced that a Game of Thrones makeup collection will be launching in April, timed to the premiere of the final season of the hit HBO show. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "An Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Makeup Collection Is Coming," 22 Feb. 2019 Another effect of the unisex shift: The menswear palette has broadened beyond navy blue. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Who Needs Gender? Why Men and Women Are Dressing Identically," 21 Feb. 2019 Clocking in at $93, which is what the palette and trio would go for individually, the set also includes a mystery gift. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Is Signing 20 Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Palettes," 15 Dec. 2018 Like the other palettes Huda Beauty sells, the New Nude also contains 18 pans. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "If You Buy Only One Palette This Year, Make It This," 29 Nov. 2018 As for the palette, the ladies knew black was a powerful canvas to work off of—and would also potentially appeal to men who wanted to buy the bags in support. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Show You "Give a Damn" With This New Bag Benefitting She Should Run," 5 Oct. 2018 The interior of the home is raw and clean, with the concrete walls accented sparingly with wooden shelving units, leaving plenty of space for greenery to liven up the clean gray palette. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Recycled concrete and brick home has zero carbon footprint," 9 July 2018 Kylie x Jordyn was launched in 2018 and included lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, highlighter, gloss and more. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Estimating Jordyn Woods' Net Worth From Her Kardashian Collaborations," 21 Feb. 2019 December 15: There are no shortages of neutral eyeshadow palettes to choose from these days, but Tarte's are always a winner. Glamour, "Ulta's Holiday Beauty Blitz Sale Is Offering Different Deals Each Day," 12 Dec. 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 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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