\ 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.

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The model home features few frills: no pool, no bathroom for each bedroom, no flashy off-site design studio to see decorating options, just some swatches and flooring samples in the garage of a model home. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "The U.S. Housing Boom Is Coming to an End, Starting in Dallas," 26 Nov. 2018 The brand hasn't released the palette's pricing or launch date yet, but scroll on for up-close photos and swatches. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Swatches for Urban Decay's Naked Cherry Palette Are Drop-Dead Gorgeous," 4 Sep. 2018 The fabric swatch came into play for Rae's eyes, where Simkin swept the bright, peacock blue color in CoverGirl's TruNaked Dazed palette. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Issa Rae's Emmys Glow Was All Thanks to This $10 Highlighter," 17 Sep. 2018 The designer would match up fabric swatches with each model and personally approve each color before Woods and his team got to work dyeing the hair right in the designer's showroom. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Marc Jacobs Had Over 35 Models Dye Their Hair For His Spring 2019 Show," 12 Sep. 2018 Armed with her trusty briefcase of paint swatches and a knack for finding thrift-store gems, Brown created rooms that prove just how livable even the boldest color combinations can be. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Katie Brown's Connecticut House Has All the Color Inspiration You Need," 2 Feb. 2019 Stains are applied to carpet swatches for any machines that claim to remove them. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Carpet Cleaners to Buy in 2019," 15 Jan. 2019 Exclusions on furniture, gift cards, swatches, and donations. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "50+ Black Friday Deals That Will Be Hard to Skip This Year," 21 Nov. 2018 Kayrros relies on Copernicus, a European earth observation program established in 2014 that continuously updates images of vast swatches of ocean waters. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Satellites, Big Data Help U.S. Spy on Smugglers of Iranian Oil," 1 Nov. 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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