Definitions for pastelpæˈstɛl; esp. Brit. ˈpæs tl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pas•telpæˈstɛl; esp. Brit. ˈpæs tl(n.)

  1. a color having a soft, subdued shade.

  2. a dried paste made of ground pigment and compounded with gum water.

    Category: Fine Arts

  3. a crayon made from such paste.

    Category: Fine Arts

  4. the art of drawing with such crayons.

    Category: Fine Arts

  5. a drawing so made.

    Category: Fine Arts

  6. a light sketch in prose.

    Category: Literature

  7. (adj.)having a soft, subdued shade.

  8. drawn with pastels.

    Category: Fine Arts

Origin of pastel:

1655–65; < F < It pastello < LL pastellus, var. of L pastillus (see pastille )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pastel(adj)

    any of various pale or light colors

  2. pastel(adj)

    lacking in body or vigor

    "faded pastel charms of the naive music"

  3. pastel(adj)

    delicate and pale in color

    "pastel pink"


  1. pastel(Noun)

    Any of several subdued tints of colors, usually associated with pink, peach, yellow, green, blue and lavender

  2. pastel(Noun)

    A drawing made with any of those colors.

  3. pastel(Noun)

    A type of dried paste used to make crayons.

  4. pastel(Noun)

    A crayon made from such a paste.

  5. Origin: From pasta.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pastel(noun)

    a crayon made of a paste composed of a color ground with gum water

  2. Pastel(noun)

    a plant affording a blue dye; the woad (Isatis tinctoria); also, the dye itself


  1. Pastel

    Pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints; the binder is of a neutral hue and low saturation. The color effect of pastels is closer to the natural dry pigments than that of any other process. The noun "pastel" gives rise to: ⁕another noun, for an artwork whose medium is pastels ⁕a verb, meaning to produce an artwork with pastels ⁕an adjective, meaning pale in color

Anagrams of pastel

  1. palest, petals, plates, pleats, septal, staple, tepals

  2. Palest

  3. Petals

  4. Plates

  5. Pleats

  6. Septal

  7. Tepals

Translations for pastel

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a kind of coloured pencil, made with chalk, which makes a pale colour.

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