palette

[pal-it]
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noun


Origin of palette

1615–25; < French, Middle French < Italian paletta, diminutive of pala shovel < Latin pāla; see -ette
Related formspal·ette·like, adjective
Can be confusedpalate palette pallet
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Contemporary Examples of palette

Historical Examples of palette

  • In our rides around the Palette I saw Wahb's tracks once again.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • I had laid my palette on the floor, and was standing with my hands in my pockets.

  • He had taken up his palette and was shuffling about in front of his picture.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • He came to open the door himself, holding his palette and brushes.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • He brandished his palette and brushes aloft, in his clenched fists.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for palette

palette

noun

Also: pallet a flat piece of wood, plastic, etc, used by artists as a surface on which to mix their paints
the range of colours characteristic of a particular artist, painting, or school of paintinga restricted palette
the available range of colours or patterns that can be displayed by a computer on a visual display unit
either of the plates of metal attached by a strap to the cuirass in a suit of armour to protect the armpits

Word Origin for palette

C17: from French, diminutive of pale shovel, from Latin pala spade

confusable

Avoid confusion with palate, pallet 1
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Word Origin and History for palette
n.

1620s, "flat thin tablet used by an artist to lay and mix colors," from French palette, from Old French palete "small shovel, blade" (13c.) diminutive of pale "shovel, blade," from Latin pala "spade, shoulder blade," probably from PIE *pak-slo-, from root *pag- (see pact). Transferred sense of "colors used by a particular artist" is from 1882.

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