\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web In an Instagram video on Tuesday (Feb. 4) announcing the exciting upcoming project, Gomez is seen trying on different lipstick, eyeshadow and blush swatches, as well as makeup sponges. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Announces New Beauty Line, Rare Beauty," 4 Feb. 2020 In the campaign images, swatches of both are shown on the back of Tuan's hand. Devon Abelman, Allure, "GOT7’s Mark Tuan Is Now Endorsing a Lipstick, and It Keeps Selling Out," 2 Jan. 2020 My job search to supplement my work there included a failed interview to write news for an elevator screen and naming 500 color swatches for a marketing company. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "The Great White Nope," 13 Dec. 2019 The adhesive swatch is not limited to Backdrop and Clare: Samplize produces peel-and-stick samples that are painted by hand. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, "Paint companies have a new idea for overwhelmed consumers: Fewer options," 25 Nov. 2019 Additional videos showed swatches of the makeup, detailing how pigmented the colors truly are. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Announced Its Summer Collection," 4 May 2019 Another user illustrated the fact that black and brown people often have palms that are lighter than the rest of their arm by tweeting an image of multiple swatches on a model whose skin tone varies the second her wrist ends and her palm begins. Teryn Payne, Teen Vogue, "Becca Cosmetics Is Being Accused of Using Blackface in Foundation Swatch Images," 9 Aug. 2018 Covering your entire arm in uniform stripes of colorful makeup is no longer the most impressive way show off swatches on Instagram. Devon Abelman, Allure, "These Color-Changing, Full-Hand Swatches of Holographic Makeup Are Going Viral," 30 May 2018 The mood board includes an image of a young Paris Hilton in a hot pink cutaway one-piece, nestled among fabric swatches and some edgier imagery. Vogue, "Charlotte Knowles’s Biting Take on Female Empowerment Will Close London Fashion Week," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of swatch was in 1647

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16 Feb 2020

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“Swatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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