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pastel

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noun pas·tel \pas-ˈtel\

Definition of pastel

  1. 1 :  a paste made of powdered pigment ranging from pale to deep colors and used for making crayons; also :  a crayon made of such paste

  2. 2 a :  a drawing in pastel b :  the process or art of drawing with pastels

  3. 3 :  a light literary sketch

  4. 4 :  any of various pale or light colors

Examples of pastel in a sentence

  1. She has a collection of pastels.

  2. She prefers a pastel like light yellow.

  3. The room is painted in a pastel shade of blue.

Origin and Etymology of pastel

French, from Italian pastello, from Late Latin pastellus woad, from diminutive of pasta


First Known Use: 1662


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pastel

adjective pas·tel

Definition of pastel

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to a pastel b :  made with pastels

  2. 2 :  pale and light in color

  3. 3 :  lacking in body or vigor

Examples of pastel in a sentence

  1. <a pastel blue to go with the pale pink walls>

1884

First Known Use of pastel

1884



PASTEL Defined for English Language Learners

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pastel

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noun pas·tel \pas-ˈtel\

Definition of pastel for English Language Learners

  • : a type of chalk made from a powdery substance that is used for drawing and comes in many different colors

  • : a drawing that is done using pastels

  • : a pale or light color


PASTEL Defined for Kids

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pastel

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noun pas·tel \pa-ˈstel\

Definition of pastel for Students

  1. 1 :  a soft pale color

  2. 2 :  a crayon made by mixing ground coloring matter with a watery solution of a gum

  3. 3 :  a drawing made with pastels


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pastel

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adjective pas·tel

Definition of pastel for Students

  1. 1 :  made with pastels

  2. 2 :  light and pale in color <a pastel blouse>



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