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pallet

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[ pal-it ]
/ ˈpæl ɪt /
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noun

a bed or mattress of straw.
a small or makeshift bed.

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Origin of pallet

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

Definition for pallet (2 of 2)

pallet2
[ pal-it ]
/ ˈpæl ɪt /

noun

verb (used with object), pal·let·ed, pal·let·ing.

Origin of pallet

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First recorded in 1550–60, pallet is from the Middle French word palette small shovel. See palette
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British Dictionary definitions for pallet (1 of 2)

pallet1
/ (ˈpælɪt) /

noun

a straw-filled mattress or bed
any hard or makeshift bed
C14: from Anglo-Norman paillet, from Old French paille straw, from Latin palea straw
Avoid confusion with palette, palate

British Dictionary definitions for pallet (2 of 2)

pallet2
/ (ˈpælɪt) /

noun

an instrument with a handle and a flat, sometimes flexible, blade used by potters for shaping
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
horology the locking lever that engages and disengages alternate end pawls with the escape wheel to give impulses to the balance
a variant spelling of palette (def. 1)
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
C16: from Old French palette a little shovel, from pale spade, from Latin pala spade
Avoid confusion with palette, palate
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