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pastel

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[ pa-stel; especially British pas-tl ]
/ pæˈstɛl; especially British ˈpæs tl /
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noun
adjective
having a soft, subdued shade.
drawn with pastels: a pastel portrait.
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Origin of pastel

1
First recorded in 1610–20; from French, from Italian pastello, from Late Latin pastellus, variant of Latin pastillus pastille

Other definitions for pastel (2 of 2)

pastel2
[ pas-tel ]
/ ˈpæs tɛl /

noun
the woad plant.
the dye made from it.

Origin of pastel

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First recorded in 1570–80; from Middle French pastel “woad,” from Provençal, from Medieval Latin pastellum (neuter) “woad” (originally “woad paste”), for Late Latin pastellus (masculine), diminutive of pasta paste
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British Dictionary definitions for pastel

pastel
/ (ˈpæstəl, pæˈstɛl) /

noun
  1. a substance made of ground pigment bound with gum, used for making sticks for drawing
  2. a crayon of this
  3. a drawing done in such crayons
the medium or technique of pastel drawing
a pale delicate colour
a light prose work, esp a poetic one
another name for woad
adjective
(of a colour) pale; delicatepastel blue

Derived forms of pastel

pastelist or pastellist, noun

Word Origin for pastel

C17: via French from Italian pastello, from Late Latin pastellus woad compounded into a paste, diminutive of pasta paste 1
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