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mixes rich colors on her palette
  a flat  board or tray artists use to mix paints and to hold them as they paint


the range of colors characteristic of a particular artist, painting, or school of art
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palette palettes
Strongly Associated with:   palate, pallet
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  • mixes rich colors on her palette
  • She’s in a yellow-and-pink phase—not a flattering combination, but it’s kind of hard to explain color palettes to an eight-year-old—and has pulled on a mustard yellow dress over a pair of pink tights.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • His face under the orange spray tan was red, giving him a radioactive palette.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • And still I wonder: can even an artist’s palette capture the full range of what you mean to me?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride

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  • For a brief moment, she felt like she was on some body of water on the moon itself, everything cast in a strange inverted palette.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • On the other side of the creek, the setting sun was changing the sky to a golden palette of colors that stretched across the horizon.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The whole room has been repainted in the exact shade of pastel moss green Mary Burns once chose for me from a special home decorator’s palette book, the window mullions, too, damp-dusted and sparkling, and the tile floors sheened.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Because — " brow furrowed, tapping out a bit of soft black powder on his palette—"I never dreamed that all that old furniture of Mrs. De Peyster’s would be the thing that decided my future.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Iona clasped her hands together as the defiant palette glowed.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Ground, sky and houses melted into a mad palette, my ears throbbed, I was suffocating.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • I can see by the palette Cinna has assigned that we’re going for girlish, not sexy.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • To the left, Langdon saw a suite of studios that resembled Harvard art classrooms—rows of easels, paintings, palettes, framing tools—an art assembly line.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "What are my palettes?" asked Fantine.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I look at my four boys, who are the colors of silt, loam, dust, and clay, an infinite palette for children of their own, and I understand that time erases whiteness altogether.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I picked up a wooden stylus and a palette with small indentations in its surface for ink, then a few glass jars of the ink itself—black, red, and gold.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • The rectangle was the palette, with places for black and red ink.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • "It isn’t a mere pleasure trip to me, girls," she said impressively, as she scraped her best palette.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • New Frontiers had a white cover with a black emblem that combined a palette, a lyre, a hammer, a screw driver and a rising sun; it had a circulation of thirty thousand and a following that described itself as the intellectual vanguard of the country; no one had ever risen to challenge the description.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The quadroon sat for hours before Edna’s palette, patient as a savage, while the house-maid took charge of the children, and the drawing-room went undusted.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • He took his palette and began to work.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • This riot of rainbow tints was a wonder, a feast for the eyes: a genuine kaleidoscope of red, green, yellow, orange, violet, indigo, and blue; in short, the whole palette of a color–happy painter!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • One gleam of light lifted into relief a half-submerged mast, on which sat a cormorant, dark and large, with wings flecked with foam; its beak held a gold bracelet set with gems, that I had touched with as brilliant tints as my palette could yield, and as glittering distinctness as my pencil could impart.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She put her palette down on a chair and tiptoed to the window, her ruffled skirt raised to keep it from dragging on the floor.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Yes, it was for the long palette-knife, with its thin blade of lithe steel.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Using my palette knife and my odorless turp, I will thicken the paint on my palette.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • And now I saw him at a distance, eyes intent, the palette in his hand, the huge canvas obscuring the arm that moved.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • He hums as he mixes colors on his palette.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • There were collected and piled up all Albert’s successive caprices, hunting-horns, bass-viols, flutes—a whole orchestra, for Albert had had not a taste but a fancy for music; easels, palettes, brushes, pencils—for music had been succeeded by painting; foils, boxing-gloves, broadswords, and single-sticks—for, following the example of the fashionable young men of the time, Albert de Morcerf cultivated, with far more perseverance than music and drawing, the three arts that complete a…
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She laid down her palette and went into the bathroom to wash.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • she asked herself, scraping her palette of all those mounds of blue and green which seemed to her like clods with no life in them now, yet she vowed, she would inspire them, force them to move, flow, do her bidding tomorrow.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • With his hands pushed into the pockets of a gray overcoat, Spencer circled the track on foot, moving by a palette of colorful barns and turning leaves.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • But painted in weather-colors now With brushes dipped in nature’s palette.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Colors seem more vivid from a distance, dissolving and scattering as one approaches, like a pointi!!ist’s palette.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …out very carefully first the exact spot on her cheek where I would imprint it, and would so prepare my thoughts that I might be able, thanks to these mental preliminaries, to consecrate the whole of the minute Mamma would allow me to the sensation of her cheek against my lips, as a painter who can have his subject for short sittings only prepares his palette, and from what he remembers and from rough notes does in advance everything which he possibly can do in the sitter’s absence.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Pursing his lips, he went to his palette key and experimented.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • I got an arts and crafts badge symbolized by a palette and brushes.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • My Aunt Georgiana regarded them as though they had been so many daubs of tube-paint on a palette.
    Willa Cather  --  A Wagner Matinee
  • She reaches for a palette of eyeshadows, blends a couple of colors together, then picks up a brush.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • Its palette was light, its textures were natural, and the internal geometry converged to pleasing curves.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Olmsted valued plants, trees, and flowers not for their individual attributes but rather as colors and shapes on a palette.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Today’s highly processed foods offer a blank palette: whatever chemicals you add to them will give them specific tastes.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The artist stared a moment, gave a little pout, shrugged her shoulders, put down her palette and brushes, and stood rubbing her hands.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • He used words the way an artist used a palette and he fabricated stories of such color and simplicity a reader was drawn in from the first page.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • There is a motorcycle parked next to the cube, rendered in color, but just one notch above black and white: big jaggedy pixels and a limited color palette.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • —— WE WAKE TO A GLORIOUS SUNDAY MORNING FULL OF color and dappled with a soft light that blurs the landscape into the sort of palette that might please Mr. Monet.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • But the palette was not all gray and ocher, for periodically Max traversed vast carpets of knee-high blue flowers that stretched across the landscape like a Van Gogh.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • She had run out of canvases and had begun painting on plywood, so she picked up a piece of wood, got out her palette, squeezed some paints onto it, and selected a brush.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • She keeps a palette of spices nearby: curry leaves, turmeric, dry coriander, cloves, cinnamon, mustard seed, chili powder, all in tiny stainless-steel bowls within a large mother platter.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The chairs and tables and other furnishings, which fortunately didn’t push the Southwest theme to extremes, were J. Robert Scott knockoffs though not inexpensive, and the decorator’s palette was restricted to pastels used to interpret classic Navajo motifs.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Then she handed back the book and took up her palette again.
    Henry James  --  The American
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