palette

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noun pal·ette \ˈpa-lət\

Definition of palette

  1. 1 :  a thin oval or rectangular board or tablet that a painter holds and mixes pigments on

  2. 2a :  the set of colors put on the paletteb (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

Origin and Etymology of palette

French, from Medieval French, diminutive of pale spade, from Latin pala; probably akin to Latin pangere to fix — more at pact


First Known Use: 1622

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PALETTE Defined for English Language Learners

palette

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noun pal·ette \ˈpa-lət\

Definition of palette for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PALETTE Defined for Kids

palette

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noun pal·ette \ˈpa-lət\

Definition of palette for Students

  1. 1 :  a thin board or tablet on which a painter puts and mixes colors

  2. 2 :  the set of colors that an artist is using



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