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pastel

noun pas·tel \ pa-ˈstel \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

Definition of pastel

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 a : a drawing in pastel
b : the process or art of drawing with pastels
3 : a light literary sketch
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.

Recent Examples of pastel from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of pastel

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


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pastel

adjective

Definition of pastel

1 a : of or relating to a pastel
b : made with pastels
2 : pale and light in color
3 : lacking in body or vigor

Examples of pastel in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of pastel from the Web

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First Known Use of pastel

1884



PASTEL Defined for English Language Learners

pastel

noun

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

noun pas·tel \ pa-ˈstel \

Definition of pastel for Students

1 : a soft pale color
2 : a crayon made by mixing ground coloring matter with a watery solution of a gum
3 : a drawing made with pastels

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pastel

adjective

Definition of pastel for Students

1 : made with pastels
2 : light and pale in color
  • a pastel blouse


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