palette

A palette is a range of colors. It is also the board that artists use to hold and mix paint. Picture Picasso in his blue period: He is holding a palette on which you see a limited palette of blue tones.

The meaning of the word palette has extended beyond actual colors to include figurative colors. A musician can use a palette of tones and modes. Either way it is a limited selection from all things available. Don't confuse this word with the homophone palate which refers to your sense of taste. Both words come to English through Old French but have different Latin roots.

Definitions of palette
  1. noun
    board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints and the range of colors used
    synonyms: pallet
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    type of:
    board
    a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
  2. noun
    the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art
    synonyms: pallet
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    ambit, compass, orbit, range, reach, scope
    an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"
  3. noun
    one of the rounded armor plates at the armpits of a suit of armor
    synonyms: pallette
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    armor plate, armor plating, armour plate, plate armor, plate armour
    specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire
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