: a sample piece (as of fabric) or a collection of samples
: a characteristic specimen
: patch
: 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 Clients can try on sample jackets and trousers in various sizes and view representative swatches of the PML archive before placing an order. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2024 Designers love these swatches and the multiplicity of weaves to choose from. Rachel Dickinson, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024 And there are six surviving swatches of that dress stained with Lincoln’s blood. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2024 The original is currently in the Kyoto Costume Institute, meaning that the Balenciaga ateliers in Paris designed and recreated the dress for Ms. Mulligan using only sketches, photographs, and a swatch as guides. Sabienna Bowman, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 Even in miniature, three-dimensional drapes, silhouettes, and finishes were more evocative of the final product than simple sketches and swatches. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 28 Feb. 2024 The never-ending list of color swatches available might feel a bit overwhelming, but Galloway recommends sticking with colors that have warm undertones. Blake Bakkila, Sunset Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 Customers can customize upholstery designs by choosing unique fabric from its vibrant collection of swatches. Jillian Mueller, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Mood boards pinned with fabric swatches and sketches were carefully displayed beside the gowns. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 29 Jan. 2024

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of swatch was in 1647

Dictionary Entries Near swatch

Cite this Entry

“Swatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a sample piece (as of fabric) or a collection of samples
: patch entry 1 sense 3
swatches of hair
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