What does palette mean?

Definitions for palette
ˈpæl ɪtpal·ette

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. palette, palletnoun

    the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art

  2. palette, palletnoun

    board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints and the range of colors used

  3. pallette, palettenoun

    one of the rounded armor plates at the armpits of a suit of armor


  1. Palettenoun

    Hence: The complete set of colors used by an artist or other person in creating an image, in any medium. The meaning of this term has been extended in modern times to include the set of colors used in a particular computer application, or the complete set of of colors available in computer displays or printing techniques.

  2. Palettenoun

    Hence: The complete range of resources and techniques used in any art, such as music.


  1. palettenoun

    A thin board on which a painter lays and mixes colours.

  2. palettenoun

    The range of colors in a given work or item or body of work.

  3. palettenoun

    A visual selection of colours, tools, commands, etc.

  4. palettenoun

    A plate of armour covering the points of junction at the bend of the shoulders and elbows.

  5. Etymology: From palette

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Palettenoun

    A light board on which a painter holds his colours when he paints.

    Etymology: palette, French.

    Let the ground of the picture be of such a mixture, as there may be something in it of every colour that composes your work, as it were the contents of your palette. Dryden.

    Ere yet thy pencil tries her nicer toils,
    Or on thy palette lie the blended oils,
    Thy careless chalk has half atchiev’d thy art,
    And her just image makes Cleora start. Thomas Tickell.

    When sage Minerva rose,
    From her sweet lips smooth elocution flows,
    Her skilful hand an iv’ry pallette grac’d,
    Where shining colours were in order plac’d. John Gay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palettenoun

    a thin, oval or square board, or tablet, with a thumb hole at one end for holding it, on which a painter lays and mixes his pigments

  2. Palettenoun

    one of the plates covering the points of junction at the bend of the shoulders and elbows

  3. Palettenoun

    a breastplate for a breast drill

  4. Etymology: [See Pallet a thin board.]


  1. Palette

    In computer graphics, a palette is either a given, finite set of colors for the management of digital images, or a small on-screen graphical element for choosing from a limited set of choices, not necessarily colors. Depending on the context the term palette and related terms such as Web palette and RGB palette, for example, can have somewhat different meanings.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Palette

    pal′et, n. a little oval board on which a painter mixes his colours: the special arrangement of colours for any particular picture: a plate against which a person presses his breast to give force to a drill worked by the hand: a small plate covering a joint in armour.—n. Pal′ette-knife, a thin round-pointed knife for mixing colours on the grinding slab. [Fr.,—It. palettapala, spade—L. pala, a spade.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of palette in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of palette in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of palette in a Sentence

  1. Loren Weisman:

    In painting a palette with a wide array of information, before painting the picture of your brand... it allows for the tone, temperature and clarity of your brand, the messaging and the process architecture to all come together in harmony at the same time.

  2. Helen Anderson:

    The baby has a very sensitive palette so they can detect those small changes.

  3. Henry S. Hoskins:

    The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.

  4. Marc Chagall:

    In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.

  5. Maria Roussos:

    For some time now, sandy and taupe textures have dominated, but now there are so many more options in the gray palette in both loop and plush piles, which are gorgeous for the bedroom.

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