pastel

A pastel is a soft, pale color. If your favorite shades are light blue and pale pink, you can say that you prefer pastels.

Pastel is also an adjective describing a soft color, like a pastel shade of green or a pastel lavender dress. Another kind of pastel is the artist's crayon made of powdered pigments bound together in a solid stick, which produce soft, blended colors. Starting in the late 1800s, pastel was used to mean "soft shade" as well as "soft art medium." In French, pastel means "crayon."

Definitions of pastel
  1. noun
    any of various pale or light colors
  2. adjective
    delicate and pale in color
    pastel pink”
    Synonyms:
    light, light-colored
    (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
  3. adjective
    lacking in body or vigor
    “faded pastel charms of the naive music”
    Synonyms:
    delicate
    exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
  4. noun
    a stick made of powdered pigment mixed with a water-soluble or oil-based binder and used for drawing
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    type of:
    writing implement
    an implement that is used to write
  5. noun
    the art or process of creating drawings with pastel sticks
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    type of:
    art, artistic creation, artistic production
    the creation of beautiful or significant things
  6. noun
    a drawing made with pastel sticks
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    type of:
    drawing
    a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines
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