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 Indeed, the palette chosen for Frick Madison—Manor House Gray, Pavilion Gray, Kendall Charcoal, and Rockport Gray—would surely have gratified Breuer. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, "Masterpieces Unmediated," 27 Apr. 2021 The complex palette was inspired by those classic Best-Friends-Forever heart necklaces. Robin Raven, Forbes, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Vegan Makeup For Traveling Moms," 27 Apr. 2021 The new syringe swaps the sanguine color palette for a more versatile blue-gray hue, and gets rid of the droplet of blood. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The 'Vaccine' Emoji Gets a New Look This Week," 27 Apr. 2021 Team colors—navy blue, metallic silver, royal blue and white—make up the custom interior, but the palette is muted. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, "Jerry Jones’s Custom Airbus Chopper Is a Dallas Cowboy for the Skies," 25 Apr. 2021 Hughes-Jones says the Bridgerton color palette is muted, soft, pastel colors, whereas the Featheringtons are more acidic, with bright yellows, greens, and pinks. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Kim Kardashian Has No Chill After Finding Out the Featheringtons Are Inspired by Her Sisters," 20 Apr. 2021 The other major iMac upgrade rumored for 2021 concerns the color palette. Chris Smith, BGR, "Stunning renders show one of the hottest upgrades coming at today’s Apple event," 20 Apr. 2021 The color palette represents Seattle just as well as black and gold evoke Pittsburgh. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL uniform power rankings 2021: List gets refresh as Cincinnati Bengals reveal updated look," 19 Apr. 2021 The black-and-white palette defined her former house. Caylin Harris, Better Homes & Gardens, "Scandinavian Style and French Antiques Fill Michelle Adams' Charming 1950s Home," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of palette was in 1622

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4 May 2021

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“Palette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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