\ 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

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 All nine shades will be available to browse through and virtually swatch at starting Thursday, July 26th. Tanisha Pina, Teen Vogue, "MAC Cosmetics Is Giving Away Free Lipstick for National Lipstick Day," 26 July 2018 While these may be the swatches for the Light/Medium palette, commenters felt that the palette for those with lighter skin should not be prioritized over the Medium/Deep palette. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Why People on Instagram Are Upset With Physician's Formula's New Highlighter Swatches," 30 Apr. 2018 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

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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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