pal·​ette ˈpa-lət How to pronounce palette (audio)
: a thin oval or rectangular board or tablet that a painter holds and mixes pigments on
: the set of colors put on the palette
: a particular range, quality, or use of color
The designer's palette consisted mostly of earth tones.
: a comparable range, quality, or use of available elements
a rich palette of tones and timbres
a palette of flavors
a palette of vegetables

Examples of palette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Owners can tailor everything from the floor plan and palette to the upholstery and metal trim. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 May 2024 All the while, the air remains thick with humidity and warmth, a visual palette that induces a sense of discomfort for the audience and the characters alike. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for palette 

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Word History


French, from Middle French, diminutive of pale spade, from Latin pala; probably akin to Latin pangere to fix — more at pact

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of palette was in 1622

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Cite this Entry

“Palette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


pal·​ette ˈpal-ət How to pronounce palette (audio)
: a thin usually oval board or tablet with a hole for the thumb at one end used by a painter to lay and mix pigments on
: the colors put on the palette

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