Origin of pastel1
Definition for pastel (2 of 2)
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Examples from the Web for pastel
The pastel outdoor furnishings look like leftovers from a closed nursery school, while inside collared shirts seem overdressed.Adventures in Miami’s Coolest South Beach Alternative|The Daily Beast|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thorns support is for everyone, and there are no pastel colors or condescending cursive.Portland Is Ground Zero for the Best Women’s Soccer in the World|Evelyn Shoop|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Also: pastel pink-and-lavender paint jobs, festooned with hearts and flowers.
A pastel poster showing a light switch; above the switch is written: “A simple choice: War?”
This arena broke apart like a huge Ming bowl, done in pastel shades.
No etchings were made, though we believe he did a water-colour or pastel.The Life of James McNeill Whistler|Elizabeth Robins Pennell
It is a pastel of a typical Revolutionary personage, who bore the not very attractive name of Charles Cochon.France and the Republic|William Henry Hurlbert
The buildings were low and attractively designed, impressive in spite of their softly blended spectrum of pastel colors.At the Post|Horace Leonard Gold
Their pastel colors blended with one another to form a horizontal rainbow extending into the measureless distance.Made in Tanganyika|Carl Richard Jacobi
Through the little mirror immediately below the pastel Flamby studied Paul covertly.The Orchard of Tears|Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for pastel
- a substance made of ground pigment bound with gum, used for making sticks for drawing
- a crayon of this
- a drawing done in such crayons
Word Origin for pastel
Word Origin and History for pastel
1660s, "crayons, chalk-like pigment used in crayons," from French pastel "crayon," from Italian pastello "a pastel," literally "material reduced to a paste," from Late Latin pastellus "dye from the leaves of the woad plant," diminutive of pasta (see pasta). Meaning "pale or light color" (like that of pastels) first recorded 1899. As an adjective from 1884.