Definition of palette in English:

palette

noun

  • 1A thin board or slab on which an artist lays and mixes colours.

    • ‘The portrait is dominated by her own image, holding a palette and a paintbrush in her hands.’
    • ‘At first sight, his canvases resemble palettes and drop cloths rather than finished compositions.’
    • ‘Every one also has easels standing tall, accompanied by a weathered table speckled with paint and sporting a paintbox and palettes.’
    • ‘Consequently Seurat did not mix the colors on his palette, but rather put little tiny spots of complementary color pigments on the canvas.’
    • ‘With the rain keeping away for the day, the children, armed with drawing boards, paint, brushes and palettes, waited patiently for the 2002 edition of the competition to commence.’
    • ‘The inventory of the contents of his studio made for probate purposes after his death lists a few standard items of equipment - easels, palettes, canvases - but nothing to hint at any unusual working method.’
    • ‘The artist's easel, paint box, palettes, paintbrushes and dried tubes of paint occupied a corner.’
    1. 1.1 The range of colours used by a particular artist or in a particular picture.
      ‘Pollock's hard, bright palette’
      • ‘The reduced colour in this painting already reveals McCahon's sympathy for a monochrome palette.’
      • ‘Later, however, he turned to oil on canvas; his palette became lighter, with an emphasis on yellows.’
      • ‘Her early work consisted mostly of impressionistic nudes and still lifes painted with a bold palette.’
      • ‘Japanese watercolours shown at Far East exhibitions in Paris in the late nineteenth century affected the compositions and palettes of Matisse, Whistler, and Degas.’
      • ‘If I were an artist, the colours on my palette would be browns, ochres and purples.’
      • ‘Underlit by a blanket of fine coral sand, the colour of the ocean has the tropical palette of a Paul Gauguin painting and its turquoise-spearmint hues never dull with repeat viewing.’
      • ‘His palette drew from nature: heavy, dense ochres, browns, taupes and alizarin crimson.’
      • ‘When translated into watercolor on silk, her paintings retain both the muted palette and slightly wrinkled texture of the leaf collages.’
      • ‘His minimalist style of drawing and limited palette of colours are far from painterly, however.’
      • ‘The colour palette includes subdued beiges, burgundies and charcoal blues on high-back chairs and sectional wall panels.’
      • ‘Lavishness of decoration, mastery of execution, expansion of palettes with mixed colours are some of the characteristics of Assam's manuscript paintings.’
      • ‘Rouault trained with Matisse at Moreau's academy and exhibited with the Fauves, but his palette of colors and profound subject matter place him as an early, if isolated Expressionist.’
      • ‘The rendering is so precise that these gouaches - each in a dominant palette of blues, greens, yellows or pinks - could pass for digital prints.’
      • ‘In 1626 he moved to Leiden, where he painted vanitas subjects and increasingly adopted the monochrome palette of Haarlem still-life painters.’
      • ‘The colour palette encompasses charcoal greys, tawny autumnal greens, silver and white.’
      • ‘The palettes of these French artists, as well as the time the Scotsmen spent in the brilliant light of the south of France, had an important and lasting effect on their work.’
      • ‘The colour palette is primarily pastel - baby pink, sherbet lemon, ice blue and lilac, with a splash of vibrant red in the suit range.’
      • ‘Its restrained palette, the sinuous, loopy drawing, and the interplay of seemingly simple forms and planes present a highly cerebral visual game.’
      • ‘In this, the colour palette is darker and the drawings simpler and more stylised.’
      • ‘In the meantime, as you try to make up your mind, the striking palette and stylized figures are more than sufficient to hold your attention.’
    2. 1.2 The range or variety of tonal or instrumental colour in a musical piece.
      ‘he commands the sort of tonal palette which this music needs’
      • ‘Many artists offer a wide-ranging palette of styles and sound treatments.’
      • ‘Her melting tonal palette seemed to redefine the music.’
      • ‘Nield essayed the daunting, high lying solo flute line with brilliance and a lustrous tonal palette.’
      • ‘His dazzling virtuosity and sweeping tonal palette made the music truly live.’
      • ‘She manages beautifully subtle shifts in tempo without crossing over into the soupy, and she applies a large palette of tonal color tastefully.’
      • ‘But in the end he realized that was another way he was being manipulated, his music put into a box, his musical palette circumscribed.’
      • ‘He's also broadened his musical palette to include horns and passages of distorted guitar.’
      • ‘The multicolored palette of a full symphony orchestra has been the perfect instrument to give voice to musical evocations of this Mediterranean land.’
      • ‘His musical palette constantly overflows with colour, never garish yet sometimes opulent and sometimes sombre.’
      • ‘The composer uses an identical palette of instrumental colourings for his glorious finale.’
      • ‘Raff uses colour and has a fine palette that makes the music all the more attractive especially in the final Allegro.’
      • ‘This recently coined term describes bands that despite obvious rock influences produce music displaying a wider palette of musical styles.’
      • ‘Nothing about Cathy could hide unnoticed, appear in muted pastels, or be restricted to the palette between pianissimo and mezzo piano.’
      • ‘I grew up with my grandparents and their old-timey music, and my mom and dad were swingers in London in the '60s; they tried to broaden my musical palette.’
      • ‘Aficianados of Spanish music also enjoy some of the orchestral music, but this often turns out to be reworkings, within a larger palette, of piano music.’
      • ‘Perhaps the rich palette of musical veins gushing out in Beloslava's songs are in some way connected to the many countries she has visited.’
      • ‘The mono soundtrack likewise shows its age, with a thin, tinny aural palette and a woefully underequalized dialogue track.’
      • ‘The Zehetmair Quartet has a huge tonal palette available, and uses it all as it strives to make Schumann's scores live for us.’
      • ‘Just as music has steadily extended its harmonic and dynamic palettes, so the normal range of tempos has probably grown.’
      • ‘Here, the composer shows you his emotional and musical palette at its widest, if not its deepest.’
    3. 1.3 (in computer graphics) the range of colours or shapes available to the user.
      • ‘The reason for this is that Mac computers and PC's both use completely different color palettes.’
      • ‘These include such topics as histogram information, suggested palettes for low-color displays, fractal-image support and pixel calibration.’
      • ‘The Transitions and Effects palettes list all the available effects on one side and then offer a selection of pre-defined possibilities on the other.’
      • ‘See how web colour palettes change with colourblindness using Cal's Color Vision.’
      • ‘A component is brought into a container, or user interface area, from a component palette.’
      • ‘If the artist can't figure out how SVGA palettes work, it's the programmer who writes a color-reducing and palette-matching utility.’
      • ‘This program allows the developer to create user interfaces quickly from a palette of standard objects.’
      • ‘The graphical interface is very flexible, featuring multiple windows, tear-off tool palettes, and virtually unlimited Undo and Redo functions.’
      • ‘If you choose to use colors on your web pages from the web smart or unsafe color palettes, always view your pages on different browsers.’
      • ‘The 2004 update uses the tool palettes menu interface system introduced with Architectural Desktop.’
      • ‘It's a challenge to capture many features in just a screenshot or two, but you can see some of the widget palettes, properties, notebooks and method editors.’
      • ‘The first lesson details the basics, such as the minimum requirements, and customising the work area, palettes and user interface.’
      • ‘I found it easy to mistake the frames palette for the layers palette when creating an animation.’
      • ‘Click on the ‘Magic Wand’ tool and highlight the ‘shape copy’ layer in the layer palette.’
      • ‘Tool palettes provide centralized access to commonly used design tools.’
      • ‘In the expert palette toolbar everything can be customised.’
      • ‘As a CAD manager, have you ever wanted to turn off the ability of your team to customize toolbars and palettes?’
      • ‘So, here's a neat widget to work out safe web colour palettes.’
      • ‘For example, using tool palettes, users can apply the Door tool to openings, windows and door and window assemblies, converting those objects to door objects.’
      • ‘As I mentioned before, most of the useful tools are available as tabbed palettes, and this includes several image transformation tools.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French, diminutive of pale ‘shovel’, from Latin pala ‘spade’.

Pronunciation

palette

/ˈpalɪt/