Etymology
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palette (n.)

1620s, "flat, thin tablet, with a hole at one end for the thumb, used by an artist to lay and mix colors," from French palette, from Old French palete "small shovel, blade" (13c.) diminutive of pale "shovel, blade," from Latin pala "spade, shoulder blade," probably from PIE *pag-slo-, suffixed form of root *pag- "to fasten." Transferred sense of "colors used by a particular artist" is from 1882. Palette-knife, originally one used by artists for mixing colors, is attested by 1759.

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Definitions of palette

palette (n.)
the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art;
Synonyms: pallet
palette (n.)
board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints and the range of colors used;
Synonyms: pallet
palette (n.)
one of the rounded armor plates at the armpits of a suit of armor;
Synonyms: pallette
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