Etymology
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pastel (n.)

1660s, "crayons, chalk-like pigment used in crayons," from French pastel "crayon," from Italian pastello "a pastel," literally "material reduced to a paste," probably from Late Latin pastellus, diminutive of pasta "dough, paste" (see pasta). The word was applied to pale or light colors (like that of pastels) by 1899. As an adjective from 1884.

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Definitions of pastel
1
pastel (adj.)
lacking in body or vigor;
faded pastel charms of the naive music
pastel (adj.)
delicate and pale in color;
pastel pink
2
pastel (n.)
any of various pale or light colors;
From wordnet.princeton.edu