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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Meticulously maintained and updated, this home is filled with a contemporary and neutral palette of colors, natural light, clean fresh lines, and stylish fixtures. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Pierce Ranch home features stylish designer touches, a ‘glam room,’ wet bar and quick access to hiking trails," 26 June 2019 Besides those effects, the dust is enhancing the palette of the evening sky. Jordan Evans, CNN, "The Southeast US is seeing some colorful sunsets -- thanks to dust from Africa," 26 June 2019 The elegant main room, with seating for 80, boasts white linen, billowing curtains and a restrained palette of whites and blacks. Rand Richards Cooper,, "The Federal, Agawam," 25 June 2019 At dusk, the temple’s honey-hued stone seems to glow the warm shades of sunset, a shifting palette of pink and orange ablaze against the violet sky. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "Why You Should Visit Southern India on Your Next Vacation," 22 June 2019 Embrace patriotic colors without going overboard by using a clean palette of summery white, subtly accented by holiday-appropriate red and blue stripes. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "8 Pretty Ways to Wear Red, White, and Blue This Fourth of July," 21 June 2019 This pan accommodates two opposite palettes with ease. Vogue, "Get Ahead of the Registry: 20 Gift Ideas for Your Newly Engaged Friend," 16 Nov. 2018 On a ledge above and behind the stage cowered the men’s chorus, their yellow prison jumpsuits one of the few touches of color (Maline Casta designed the costumes) in a somber palette. Washington Post, "Reexamining opera, one classic at a time," 14 June 2019 Khloé even named every color in the palette for her daughter, True. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner and Khloé Kardashian Announced Their Third Koko Makeup Kollection," 8 June 2019

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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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