pallet

1
[pal-it]
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Origin of pallet

1
1325–75; Middle English pailet < Anglo-French paillete, equivalent to Old French paille straw (< Latin palea chaff) + -ete ette
Can be confusedpalate palette pallet

pallet

2
[pal-it]
noun
  1. a small, low, portable platform on which goods are placed for storage or moving, as in a warehouse or vehicle.
  2. a flat board or metal plate used to support ceramic articles during drying.
  3. Horology.
    1. a lever with three projections, two of which intermittently lock and receive impulses from the escape wheel and one which transmits these impulses to the balance.
    2. either of the two projections of this lever that engage and release the escape wheel.
  4. a painter's palette.
  5. (on a pawl) a lip or projection that engages with the teeth of a ratchet wheel.
  6. Printing. typeholder.
  7. (in gilding) an instrument used to take up the gold leaves from the pillow and to apply and extend them.
  8. a shaping tool used by potters and consisting of a flat blade or plate with a handle at one end.
  9. Bookbinding.
    1. a tool for decorating the spine of a book.
    2. the stamping of the name of the binder on the inside covers of a book.
verb (used with object), pal·let·ed, pal·let·ing.
  1. palletize.

Origin of pallet

2
First recorded in 1550–60, pallet is from the Middle French word palette small shovel. See palette
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Historical Examples of pallet

  • Seizing the sheath with the other hand, that the pallet had dropped from.

    Poems

    William D. Howells

  • Another struck him in the chest, knocking him to the pallet.

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    Vaseleos Garson

  • He squatted down beside Chiara's pallet and knew there could be no hope for him.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • That night a child was born to Julia, on a pallet of dried grass and prowler skins.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • He took the clothes up to his room, and hid them under the pallet.


British Dictionary definitions for pallet

pallet

1
noun
  1. a straw-filled mattress or bed
  2. any hard or makeshift bed

Word Origin for pallet

C14: from Anglo-Norman paillet, from Old French paille straw, from Latin palea straw

confusable

Avoid confusion with palette, palate

pallet

2
noun
  1. an instrument with a handle and a flat, sometimes flexible, blade used by potters for shaping
  2. a standard-sized platform of box section open at two ends on which goods may be stacked. The open ends allow the entry of the forks of a lifting truck so that the palletized load can be raised and moved about easily
  3. horology the locking lever that engages and disengages alternate end pawls with the escape wheel to give impulses to the balance
  4. a variant spelling of palette (def. 1)
  5. music a flap valve of wood faced with leather that opens to allow air from the wind chest to enter an organ pipe, causing it to sound

Word Origin for pallet

C16: from Old French palette a little shovel, from pale spade, from Latin pala spade

confusable

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

"mattress," late 14c., from Anglo-French paillete "straw, bundle of straw," Old French paillet "chaff, bundle of straw," from paille "straw" (12c.), from Latin palea "chaff," perhaps cognate with Sanskrit palavah, Old Church Slavonic pleva, Russian peleva, Lithuanian pelus.

n.2

"flat wooden blade" used as a tool by potters, etc., early 15c., from Middle French palette, diminutive of pale "spade, shovel" (see palette). Meaning "large portable tray" used with a forklift for moving loads is from 1921.

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