\ˈswäch \

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.

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And so the totems were born of the group’s desire to step away from the paper-swatch paint store paradigm. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Can Farrow & Ball’s new LA showroom change what people think of paint stores?," 30 Nov. 2018 Along with fabric swatches, wood samples can be helpful, too. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Ordering Custom Furniture," 5 Sep. 2018 Dimmers are supported with an easy-to-operate circular slider UI, and RGB light bulbs get a fun color swatch UI with silly color names. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Home Hub review—Awesome hardware for Google’s nascent smart display software," 22 Oct. 2018 Drawings and fabric swatches in the Oscar de la Renta fitting room in New York. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Oscar de la Renta Courts Younger Customers," 5 Sep. 2018 But then, earlier this evening, confirmation of multiple palettes came this evening when @trendmood1 posted a follow-up collage of four new palettes and their swatches. Marci Robin, Allure, "Morphe Teased Its New Jaclyn Hill Palettes Launching This Month," 11 June 2018 Dawn Eyes Cosmetics recently appeared on my radar with much more low-key swatches of its holographic pigments. Devon Abelman, Allure, "These Color-Changing, Full-Hand Swatches of Holographic Makeup Are Going Viral," 30 May 2018 To avoid disappointment, Kaminski suggests that novice and veteran dyers alike always start with a test swatch. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "Summer DIY Inspiration From Women Artisans Who Have Turned Their Crafts Into Serious Business," 24 May 2018 Leading up to the Beethoven concerto, a large swatch of gauzy fabric was brought onstage, and Kopatchinskaja was ritualistically wrapped in it. Mark Swed,, "Beethoven rolls over at the Ojai Music Festival," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of swatch

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for swatch

origin unknown

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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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