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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His line features everything from eye shadow palettes to highlighters and even a little bit of Jeffree Star merch. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Makeup Guru Jeffree Star," 9 Apr. 2019 Right now, Nordstrom is offering awesome discounts on hair tools, beauty palettes, brush sets, and more from brands like MAC, Stila, Benefit Cosmetics, and T3 for up to half off their original price. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Nordstrom Has Beauty Products on Sale for Up to 50 Percent Off," 16 Feb. 2019 The carmine red of the massive steel front door was chosen from Le Corbusier’s color palette. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Dreamed of a Modern Home in a Pastoral Setting," 11 Dec. 2018 Jenner launched Kylie Cosmetics in 2015, beginning with her lip iconic lip kits and then branching out with everything from eyeshadow palettes to illuminating powders to concealers and more. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's Kylie Cosmetics Line Launched at Ulta Today and Twitter Can't Deal," 17 Nov. 2018 Not quite neutrals, like a Naked Palette, but definitely toned down from the galaxy palette. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Rihanna Dropped a New Fenty Beauty Palette, and It’s Spicy," 25 June 2018 The ensemble moves fluidly in shifting the few pieces of furniture on Jeffrey D. Kmiec’s spare Art Deco-inspired set, whose neutral cream-and-gray palette serves as a suitable backdrop for the fire and color of John Nasca’s costumes. Kerry Reid,, "Kokandy stages a jazzy, grand musical farewell in the Berlin-set 'Grand Hotel'," 24 Apr. 2018 Polished denim is having a moment—last week, the Duchess of Sussex wore an A-line denim dress by Carolina Herrera—and Holmes's navy-on-indigo palette had an elongating effect. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Katie Holmes Channels Jackie O (Again) in Summer’s Most Versatile Skirt," 30 July 2018 This palette contains three powders that turn to cream on the skin. Jessica Prince Erlich, The Cut, "The 15 Best Highlighters," 11 May 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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