\ ˈswäch How to pronounce swatch (audio) \

Definition of swatch

1a : a sample piece (as of fabric) or a collection of samples
b : a characteristic specimen
2 : patch
3 : a small collection

Examples of swatch in a Sentence

She looked at fabric swatches to select material for the drapes.
Recent Examples on the Web Fischer likens the effect to a patch of fake grass, or a swatch of teddy bear plush. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "Inside Louis Vuitton and Urs Fischer’s Capsule Collection," 10 Dec. 2020 To get a hands on feel, the 1905 catalog featured full color and texture wallpaper samples, and a swatch of material used in men’s suits. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Legislation by Regulation — The Accountants Are Moving In (Shareholders Left Out)," 7 Dec. 2020 In all, 450 volunteers from ten countries agreed to keep a swatch of Ricketts’s dyed cloth in their care, their disparate lifestyles all literally coloring the ultimate artwork. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, "Where Nature and Artifice Collide," 4 Nov. 2020 These Election Day results effectively mean cannabis is now legal across a broad swatch of western states, from Arizona to Montana. Alison Medley, Chron, "Oregon becomes first state to decriminalize possession of hard drugs as 4 states legalize marijuana," 4 Nov. 2020 Paint chips and fan decks are a helpful starting point, but a one-inch swatch isn’t going to give you the full picture—that’s why actually seeing large samples on your walls is so crucial. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "These Tricks Will Make Choosing a Paint Color So Much Easier," 9 Oct. 2020 The testing tent, a clearly short-term construction of white plastic and metal rods, lives on a swatch of grassy field. Chris Quintana, USA Today, "Colleges are exploding with COVID and have lax testing. One school is keeping cases down.," 1 Oct. 2020 Sally made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 hurricane and left a swatch of destruction across the state. Mallika Kallingal And Melissa Alonso, CNN, "Alabama governor on Hurricane Sally damage: 'It's really, really bad'," 18 Sep. 2020 Though the technique could be applied to any large swatch of land, many farms are already equipped to spread rock dust due to the common practice of enriching cropland with crushed lime, writes Nathanael Johnson at Grist. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rock Dust Could Be Farming’s Next Climate Solution," 21 July 2020

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First Known Use of swatch

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for swatch

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“Swatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of swatch

: a small piece of cloth that is used as a sample for choosing colors, fabrics, etc.

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