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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The Dutchess pot is the most beautiful option on their menu, in a palette that will excite both experienced and aspiring home cooks. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "11 Colorful Home Gift Ideas for the Design Lover Who Has Everything," 16 Nov. 2018 Modern design has a large emphasis on natural materials, so keeping things in a more natural color palette is key. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Here's Actually, Once And For All, What Modern Design Means," 4 Oct. 2018 The pet-friendly property has 41 guest rooms decorated in a soothing neutral palette, most of them with vineyard views. New York Times, "36 Hours in Napa Valley," 21 June 2018 Britt shirts are available in a rich color palette from gentle coral red to the bold French blue., "Discover spring’s latest on a shopping trip to the square," 1 Apr. 2018 In the images, Gadot wears a lineup of leggings, tops and sports bras in a sophisticated black-and-white palette. Jillian Ruffo,, "Gal Gadot Brings Her Superhero Confidence to Reebok as the Brand's Latest Face," 15 Mar. 2018 The piece first gained favor on stylish figures including Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo, and Sienna Miller, but Williams went for a cool autumnal palette and complementary accessories. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Michelle Williams Shows How to Wear Overalls as an Adult," 26 Sep. 2018 The British company first opened their doors in 1946 and has since established a reputation for soothing color palettes and unique designs. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Farrow & Ball launches whimsical wallpaper at Anthropologie," 27 Aug. 2018 Another day, another payload of new palettes to get pumped about. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Smashbox Teamed Up with Influencer Jasmine Sanders to Launch 7 New Mini Eye Palettes," 11 July 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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