[ pal-it ]
/ ˈpæl ɪt /


Origin of palette

1615–25; < French, Middle French < Italian paletta, diminutive of pala shovel < Latin pāla; see -ette

Related forms

pal·ette·like, adjective

Can be confused

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

Examples from the Web for palette

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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