Definition of "palette" [pal•ette]

  • A board, typically with a hole for the thumb, which an artist can hold while painting and on which colors are mixed. (noun)
  • The range of colors used in a particular painting or by a particular artist: a limited palette. (noun)
  • The range of qualities inherent in nongraphic art forms such as music and literature. (noun)

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Use "palette" in a sentence
  • "The subtle colour palette is another layer in the creation of a calm and relaxing area for catching up with work or with after party guests."
  • "I don't think the darkness relates to anything, it's just randomly selecting colors from a palette (in this case, the palette is all shades of gray). scifijazznik"
  • "And you can always expand what I call your palette."