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pæˈstɛl; esp. Brit. ˈpæs tlpas·tel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pasteladjective

    any of various pale or light colors

  2. pasteladjective

    lacking in body or vigor

    "faded pastel charms of the naive music"

  3. pasteladjective

    delicate and pale in color

    "pastel pink"


  1. pastelnoun

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

    Etymology: From pasta.

  2. pastelnoun

    A drawing made with any of those colors.

    Etymology: From pasta.

  3. pastelnoun

    A type of dried paste used to make crayons.

    Etymology: From pasta.

  4. pastelnoun

    A crayon made from such a paste.

    Etymology: From pasta.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pastelnoun

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

    Etymology: [F.; cf. It. pastello. Cf. Pastil.]

  2. Pastelnoun

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

    Etymology: [F.; cf. It. pastello. Cf. Pastil.]


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pastel

    pas′tel, n. chalk mixed with other materials and various colours for crayons, a drawing made with such, also the art: woad.—n. Pas′telist.[Fr. pastel—It. pastello—L. pastillus, a small loaf—pascĕre, pastum, to feed.]

Anagrams for pastel »

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

  2. Palest

  3. Petals

  4. Plates

  5. Pleats

  6. Septal

  7. Tepals

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pastel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pastel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of pastel in a Sentence

  1. Gerard Hastings:

    It strips away the branding which draws people to the pack, removes any false reassurance that features like pastel colors and soothing descriptors are designed to provide, and makes the health warning more prominent.

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