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  1. a conventionalized shape in the form of palmately spread leaves or sections, used as ornamentation.Compare anthemion, lotus(def 5).
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Origin of palmette

From French, dating back to 1835–45; see origin at palm2, -ette
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Historical Examples of palmette

  • A wide middle border between two narrow stripes holds the rosette and palmette, and also the lancet leaf, in tiny form.

    Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern

    Rosa Belle Holt

  • Their leading ornamental types may be traced to Asiatic prototypes—the palmette and the rosette, for instance.

  • Instead of the palmette is sometimes a crescent, no doubt in allusion to the moon.

  • The handle curves gracefully to the back of the jawbones, where it is attached to a palmette.

    The Shores of the Adriatic

    F. Hamilton Jackson

  • An ever present feature, also, is the palmette acroterium, treated in conventional ceramic style.

British Dictionary definitions for palmette


  1. archaeol an ornament or design resembling the palm leaf
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Word Origin for palmette

C19: from French: a little palm ²
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