pastel

1
[ pa-stel; especially British pas-tl ]
/ pæˈstɛl; especially British ˈpæs tl /

noun

adjective

having a soft, subdued shade.
drawn with pastels: a pastel portrait.

Origin of pastel

1
1655–65; < French < Italian pastello < Late Latin pastellus, variant of Latin pastillus (see pastille)

Definition for pastel (2 of 2)

pastel

2
[ pas-tel ]
/ ˈpæs tɛl /

noun

the woad plant.
the dye made from it.

Origin of pastel

2
1570–80; < Middle French < Provençal < Medieval Latin pastellum (neuter) woad (orig. woad paste), for Late Latin pastellus (masculine), diminutive of pasta paste; change of gender by influence of Latin glastum woad
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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

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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