pallet

noun (1)
pal·​let | \ ˈpa-lət How to pronounce pallet (audio) \

Definition of pallet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pallet

noun (2)

Definition of pallet (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of pallet

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pallet

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

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pallet

noun
pal·​let | \ ˈpa-lət How to pronounce pallet (audio) \

Kids Definition of pallet

1 : a mattress of straw
2 : a hard temporary bed

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