Origin of palette
OTHER WORDS FROM palettepal·ette·like, adjective
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PALETTE VS. PALLET VS. PALATE
What’s the difference between palette, pallet, and palate?
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). 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).
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 palette, pallet, and palate 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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Make a dash at the white, put it in the middle of the palette, and then tone it down to the green?
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Never put a new color on your palette unless you feel the actual need of it, or have a special reason for it.
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