Definition of palate
Origin of palate
OTHER WORDS FROM palatepal·ate·less, adjectivepal·ate·like, adjective
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PALATE VS. PALETTE VS. PALLET
What’s the difference between palate, palette, and pallet?
The word palate refers to the roof of the mouth. More figuratively, palate can refer to a person’s particular sense of taste (as in the way they perceive flavors), or to a person’s general, intellectual taste (as in their specific preferences for things). A palette is that board that painters keep their paints on while painting (most traditionally, an oval one with a thumbhole for holding). The word pallet most commonly refers to a flat, square (often wood) platform used to hold goods for shipping (it’s sometimes called a skid).
All three of these words are pronounced exactly the same, and they’re always used as nouns.
The word palette is closely associated with art and color. It can also refer to a collection or range of colors or techniques. For example, the term color palette refers to a specific set of colors, such as the ones that a particular artist typically works with.
The word pallet can sometimes be used to refer to a painter’s palette, but this spelling is much less commonly used.
So how to keep all three spellings straight?
A palette is the thing a painter always keeps on hand—literally—while painting. In this way, you can think of a painter’s palette (which is spelled with one L) as a painter’s pal.
A pallet (ending in -let) is the platform that lets shippers easily transport goods.
Think of palate (ending in -ate) as a word related to what you ate.
Here’s an example of palate, palette, and pallet used correctly in a sentence.
Example: The art installation consists of wooden pallets painted in a vibrant palette of colors—it’s interesting, but it’s not quite suited to my palate.
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How to use palate in a sentence
So then trust me when I say that this magical stack works even better in the morning, when your palate is primed and ready for its unique textural majesty.
The very core of food culture is adaptation to new environments, new palates, new people, new ingredients — and these exchanges are not always peaceful or mutually beneficial.Why Do Fast-Casual Restaurants Get a Pass on Appropriation?|Jenny Dorsey|October 5, 2020|Eater
None of them should prevail on the other to create the perfect palate mix.Why right now is the time to start aging your wine collection|Rachel King|October 4, 2020|Fortune
It is comfort food at its finest, a thing designed for your specific palate, with absolutely no thought paid to impressing anyone else.Celebrate the House Meal, the Go-To Dish for When There’s No One to Satisfy but Yourself|Jaya Saxena|September 30, 2020|Eater
Sleeping out in the woods is a palate cleanser for your soul, whether you eat a soggy PB&J by the fire or whip up a four-course meal.
That means Japanese whiskies are beautifully balanced and elegant; they touch and develop on every sensor on the palate.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise|Kayleigh Kulp|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And your palate will change as you have new experiences and new selections in the wine world.
Oak, great balance and a good finish with stone fruits and just enough oak to round the wine to a silky smooth feel on the palate.
Sans country and opera, there is something for most every musical palate at Bonnaroo.
By 1987, however, the American palate was beginning to change.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon|Dane Huckelbridge|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The reading public was largely confined to young girls with the taste for romance fresh on the palate.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
This one has a perforated palate, and this great copper-coloured patches on the forehead, all of them rickety.The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet
The Right Spot, as related in the chapter on Ichthyol, is either the vault of the pharynx or the upper surface of the soft palate.The Treatment of Hay Fever|George Frederick Laidlaw
My cold and pain in my head increasing, and the palate of my mouth falling, I was in great pain all night.
So home, and late reading "The Siege of Rhodes" to my wife, and then to bed, my head being in great pain and my palate still down.
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The roof of the mouth. The palate separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.