pal·​mette | \ ˌpal-ˈmet How to pronounce palmette (audio) \

Definition of palmette

: a decorative motif suggestive of a palm

Examples of palmette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Ornate Design That Strikes an Elegant Note," 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, "What’s It Worth?: 19th-century Renaissance revival table," 9 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of palmette

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palmette

French, from palme palm, from Latin palma

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“Palmette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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