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Definition of "pastel" []

  • A drawing medium of dried paste made of ground pigments and a water-based binder that is manufactured in crayon form. (noun)
  • A crayon of this material. (noun)
  • A picture or sketch drawn with this type of crayon. (noun)
  • The art or process of drawing with pastels. (noun)
  • A soft delicate hue; a pale color: a room done all in pastels. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pastel" in a sentence
  • "She always wore immaculate, starched dresses in pastel colors and usually had these topped off by a cotton bib apron."
  • "The Austen/Bronte books being done in pastel pink is particularly tasteless and dreadful, but I pity the poor authors who spent years crafting books they think of as serious to get slapped with a high hems and heels cover."
  • "For my granddaughter's (5 girls so far) I'm going to make Practically Perfect's gathered shift in pastel eyelet (lined of course.)"