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noun (1)

pal·​let ˈpa-lət How to pronounce pallet (audio)
: a straw-filled tick or mattress
: a small, hard, or temporary bed


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noun (2)

: a wooden flat-bladed instrument
: a lever or surface in a timepiece that receives an impulse from the escapement wheel and imparts motion to a balance or pendulum
: a portable platform for handling, storing, or moving materials and packages (as in warehouses, factories, or vehicles)

Examples of pallet in a Sentence

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Athleisure didn’t have the same appeal once workers returned to the office, and those pallets of sweatpants had to go somewhere. Indy Guha, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The simpler way to move around the pallet would be a set of straight-line walking paths with pivots in between. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 6 Feb. 2024 The service starts with a large wooden bowl and two wooden mixing pallets. Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 Near southwestern Agen, where the protests originated, the A62 highway was closed Saturday, with farmers gathering around fires fed by wooden pallets. Sylvie Corbet The Associated Press,, 28 Jan. 2024 Palmer set up a makeshift stage using a wood pallet and a couple of kegs. Michael McGough, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 In February 2020, inspectors noted multiple subtenants, wooden pallets and washing machines. Christopher Weber, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2024 For the Fall 2023 class, the final project asked students to create a robot capable of lifting and stacking small pallets. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Dec. 2023 The fire — which broke out Saturday shortly after midnight in an area where vehicles, pallets and other materials had been stored underneath the interstate deck — damaged 100 support columns, nine or 10 of them severely, Newsom said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English paillet, from Anglo-French paillete bundle of straw, from paille straw, from Latin palea chaff, straw; akin to Sanskrit palāva chaff

Noun (2)

Middle French palette, literally, small shovel — more at palette

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pallet was in the 14th century

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“Pallet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a straw-filled mattress
: a small, hard, or temporary bed

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