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

Examples of palette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Overpriced Sonoma County memorabilia notwithstanding, the Store offers a palette of local colors not likely to be glimpsed in the boutiques or bistros of downtown Healdsburg. Esther Mobley,, "Seven must-visit Dry Creek Valley wineries in Sonoma County," 27 Oct. 2020 Built for the current owner in 2014, this luxury three-story residence was thoughtfully designed with a neutral palette and includes the option for an elevator. Dallas News, "Preston Keller office showcases three homes," 11 Oct. 2020 Google will also redesign the icons for Gmail, Drive, Calendar, and other services in the coming weeks with the company's four-color palette. Oliver Effron, CNN, "Gmail is getting a new logo in a G Suite revamp," 6 Oct. 2020 All three Boss Witch Faux Lash sets, $9 each, pair perfectly with the palette with their lightweight and wispy designs. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Colourpop Cosmetics’ Hocus Pocus Makeup Collection Will Put a Spell on You," 28 Sep. 2020 For him, as usual, the key is to begin with a shocking yet unexpectedly harmonious palette. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "A Colorful Homecoming for a Milanese Designer," 28 Sep. 2020 The color palette was inspired by the life vests lining the docks along the Atlantic Ocean. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "HGTV's 2020 Urban Oasis Is a Cozy Maritime Retreat in Coastal Maine," 13 Sep. 2020 Situated on more than an acre in the Prosper neighborhood of Whispering Farms, this home built in 2005 has been recently updated with modern finishes and an on-trend color palette. Dallas News, "Peer inside this designer’s $1.85 million Prosper home with modern touches and garages for eight cars," 11 Sep. 2020 When creating a room’s color palette, think 60-30-10, a base color, two friends, and a wildcard. Marni Jameson | Contributing Writer,, "Why a 'pop' of color is not as easy as it sounds, and how to make that surprising hue work," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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30 Oct 2020

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“Palette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce palette (audio)

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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