AskDefine | Define palette

Dictionary Definition



1 the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art [syn: pallet]
2 board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints and the range of colors used [syn: pallet]
3 one of the rounded armor plates at the armpits of a suit of armor [syn: pallette]

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From palette.


  • /ˈpælɪt/ or /ˈpælət/
    Rhymes: -ælɪt


  1. A thin board on which a painter lays and mixes colours.
  2. The range of colors in a given work or item or body of work.


range of colors



From palete (, "diminutive").


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Extensive Definition

A palette () is: a surface on which a painter mixes colour pigments. A palette may be made of wood, glass, plastic, ceramic tile or other inert material and can vary greatly in size and shape. The most commonly known type of painter's palette is made of thin wood board designed to be held in the artist's hand and rest on the artist's arm.
Palette may also refer to:
  • Cosmetic palette, an archaeological form
  • Palette (computing), in computer graphics, a set of colors
  • Palette window, in computing, a window type often containing tools
  • the valve under an organ pipe which is connected to the keyboard(s)—as opposed to the stop valve
  • the name of a mannequin humanoid robot designed for the fashion and service industry by Tatsuya Matsui of Flower Robotics, Inc.
  • Palette AOC, a wine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée in the Provence region of southern France
  • Palette Records, a record label
A palette should not be confused with the following orthographically distinct items:
  • Palate, the roof of the mouth
  • Pallet, a holder for goods for use with a forklift
palette in German: Palette
palette in French: Palette
palette in Italian: Tavolozza
palette in Dutch: Palet
palette in Japanese: パレット (曖昧さ回避)
palette in Portuguese: Paleta
palette in Russian: Палитра
palette in Simple English: Palette
palette in Swedish: Palett

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

air brush, art paper, brush, camera lucida, camera obscura, canvas, chalk, charcoal, crayon, drawing paper, drawing pencil, drier, easel, fixative, ground, lay figure, maulstick, medium, paint, paintbrush, palette knife, pastel, pencil, pigments, scratchboard, siccative, sketchbook, sketchpad, spatula, spray gun, stump, varnish
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