\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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Via Instagram over the past two weeks, both Kim Kardashian and Mario Dedivanovic have shared images of the packaging, swatches of the shadows, names of the shades, and a few details here and there about how to wear the products. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Exclusive: Mario Dedivanovic Shares the Secrets Behind the KKW Beauty x Mario Collaboration," 4 Apr. 2018 There isn't much in terms of blight on the land, but a large swatch of empty dirt doesn't bring much beauty to the area, either. Parker Leavitt, azcentral, "Readers' picks: Worst East Valley eyesores," 24 Dec. 2015 The brand took to Instagram to share swatches of all 14 tones on four different women's arms. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Anastasia Beverly Hills Announces Norvina Eye Shadow Palette," 9 July 2018 Everyone that comes in my house has tinted red arms from swatches and shadows. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner and BFF Jordyn Woods Are Living Together," 29 June 2018

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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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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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