swatch

noun
\ 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

Social media users have been looking at the data from NASA's Fire Information for Resource Management Map (FIRMS), which show a large swatch of fire across Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Yes, more fires are burning in sub-Saharan Africa than in Brazil. But context is important," 27 Aug. 2019 Original swatches of carpet and wallpaper and an original ceiling tile turned up. Washington Post, "Restored Mission Control comes alive 50 years after Apollo," 28 June 2019 Tex Schramm often called Gil Brandt into his office to look at the fabric swatches draped all over his furniture, wanting another opinion on the right jersey and pants combination for the Dallas Cowboys. Teresa M. Walker, chicagotribune.com, "NFL at 100: The evolution of uniforms, from bees to Color Rush," 7 June 2019 Bring home swatches from the paint store and allow the kids a chance to participate in the color selection process. Sunset, "Famed Designers Bring Eclectic Style to Their Family Home," 22 Jan. 2018 Finally, the label also scavenged scraps of couture fabrics that were sample swatches or leftovers (not enough to create full garments) and used them as design features. Kristen Bateman, Teen Vogue, "Schueller de Waal Turned Their Couture Week Show Into A Street Cleanup in The Name Of Fashion Therapy," 3 July 2019 And last but not least, here’s a swatch of Chinese Porcelain. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Survey reveals Bay Area’s favorite paint colors — and our tastes are a bit subdued," 27 June 2019 But will a large swatch of consumers really be interested in robots that can't take out the trash or report the weather? Kate Baggaley, NBC News, "New companion robots can't do much but make us love them," 23 June 2019 Head over to Trendmood for photos and swatches of the collection in all its sparkly glory. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed Her Entire 2018 Holiday Makeup Collection on Instagram," 14 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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swatch

noun

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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