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[pal-it] /ˈpæl ɪt/

a thin and usually oval or oblong board or tablet with a thumb hole at one end, used by painters for holding and mixing colors.
any other flat surface used by a painter for this purpose.
the set of colors on such a board or surface.
the range of colors used by a particular artist.
the variety of techniques or range of any art:
a lush but uneven musical palette.
the complete range of colors made available by a computer graphics card, from which a user or program may choose those to be displayed.
(in ancient Egyptian art) a somewhat flattish slate object of various shapes, carved with commemorative scenes or motifs or, especially in the smaller pieces, containing a recessed area probably for holding eye makeup and often used as a votive offering.
Also, pallette. Armor. a small plate defending the front of the armpit when the arm is lifted; gusset.
Also pallet. a flat piece of wood, plastic, etc, used by artists as a surface on which to mix their paints
the range of colours characteristic of a particular artist, painting, or school of painting: a restricted palette
the available range of colours or patterns that can be displayed by a computer on a visual display unit
either of the plates of metal attached by a strap to the cuirass in a suit of armour to protect the armpits

1620s, “flat thin tablet 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 *pak-slo-, from root *pag- (see pact). Transferred sense of “colors used by a particular artist” is from 1882.

colour palette


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