[ pal-it ]
/ ˈpæl ɪt /


Nearby words

  1. palestinian national authority,
  2. palestra,
  3. palestrina,
  4. palestrina, giovanni pierluigi da,
  5. paletot,
  6. palette knife,
  7. palette of narmer,
  8. paley,
  9. paley, william,
  10. palfrey

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for palette


/ (ˈpælɪt) /


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


Avoid confusion with palate, pallet 1

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Word Origin and History for palette



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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