pal·​mette ˌpal-ˈmet How to pronounce palmette (audio)
: a decorative motif suggestive of a palm

Examples of palmette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The accessory was discreetly designed to be versatile, as different stones can be swapped at the top of the diamond palmettes. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2023 Glass and metalwork, silk, velvet, and brocade, the palmette capital and the pointed arch were all developed in the eastern Mediterranean and its hinterlands and then copied and furthered in Venice and elsewhere. Marina Warner, The New York Review of Books, 2 Feb. 2023 Louis Cartier took it all in and designs slowly shifted away from classical motifs and began to include patterns like these palmette finials. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 11 May 2022 Based on an ancient Greek design dating to 1600-1200 BC, the Elena bracelet features a palmette motif that is likely to have originated in Egypt or West Asia. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 23 June 2021 While the music racks of most high-style Victorian pianos were of elaborately carved and pierced wood, this one is fashioned of chased and engraved copper, brass and silver, with a delicate pierce-work surround of brass scrollwork and palmettes. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, 14 July 2017 Grandmother’s table has at least seven: a chamfered-corner marble top, palmette edge, carved arabesque apron, winged maiden supports, finial topped X-stretcher and paw feet. Jane Alexiadis, The Mercury News, 9 Mar. 2017

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Word History


French, from palme palm, from Latin palma

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palmette was in 1850

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“Palmette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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