from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mattress, couch, or bed, especially one of straw.
  • noun A headpiece, or cap of fence, of leather, or of leather and metal.
  • noun The crown of the head; the skull; the head.
  • noun In heraldry, a diminutive of the pale, of which it is only one half the breadth. See pale, 5.
  • noun One of the small spatulate or lance-shape calcareous plates which form part of the boring apparatus of the shells of ship-worms of the family Teredinidæ.
  • noun In bell-founding, same as crown, 7 .
  • noun In ceramics, a potters' wheel.
  • noun An oval or round wooden instrument used by potters, crucible-makers, etc., for forming, beating, and rounding their wares.
  • noun In gilding, an instrument used to take up the gold-leaves from the pillow, and to apply and extend them.
  • noun In bookbinding: A shallow box of brass, fitted with an end- and side-screw and handle, in which are fastened the types selected for lettering the backs of books.
  • noun A brass plate engraved with the letters to be used for the back of a book, and fitted with a handle: used by book-gilders.
  • noun In painting, same as palette.
  • noun In organ-building, a hinged wooden valve intended to admit or to release the compressed air; especially, a valve operated by a digital of a keyboard, by which the air is admitted to a groove or channel over which stand the pipes belonging to that digital; also, a valve (waste-pallet) which allows the surplus air to escape when the storage-bellows is too full. Also called valve-pallet. See cut under organ.
  • noun A board on which green bricks are carried to the hack or to the drying-place.
  • noun A lip or projection on the point of a pawl engaging the teeth of a wheel, as the pallet on a pendulum or on the arbor of a balance-wheel in a clock or watch, or, in some forms of feed-motions, for transforming a reciprocating motion into a rotary motion, or the reverse. It is always used with the escapement of a clock or watch, whatever its shape. See gathering-pallet.
  • noun A ballast-locker, formerly built in the hold of a ship.
  • noun One of the disks on the chain of a chain-pump.
  • noun In conchology, one of the accessory valves of a mollusk, as of a piddock or teredo. See cut under accessory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small and mean bed; a bed of straw.
  • noun (Her.) A perpendicular band upon an escutcheon, one half the breadth of the pale.
  • noun (Paint.) Same as palette.
  • noun A wooden implement used by potters, crucible makers, etc., for forming, beating, and rounding their works. It is oval, round, and of other forms.
  • noun A potter's wheel.
  • noun An instrument used to take up gold leaf from the pillow, and to apply it.
  • noun A tool for gilding the backs of books over the bands.
  • noun (Brickmaking) A board on which a newly molded brick is conveyed to the hack.
  • noun A click or pawl for driving a ratchet wheel.
  • noun One of the series of disks or pistons in the chain pump.
  • noun (Horology) One of the pieces or levers connected with the pendulum of a clock, or the balance of a watch, which receive the immediate impulse of the scape-wheel, or balance wheel.
  • noun (Mus.) In the organ, a valve between the wind chest and the mouth of a pipe or row of pipes.
  • noun (Zoöl.) One of a pair of shelly plates that protect the siphon tubes of certain bivalves, as the Teredo. See Illust. of Teredo.
  • noun A cup containing three ounces, -- formerly used by surgeons.
  • noun A low movable platform used for temporary storage of objects so that they can be conveniently moved; it is commonly made of wooden boards, about 4 inches high, and typically has openings in the side into which the blades of a fork-lift truck may be inserted so as to lift and move the pallet and the objects on it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a portable platform, usually designed to be easily moved by a forklift, on which goods can be stacked, for transport or storage.
  • noun A straw bed.
  • noun A makeshift bed.
  • noun heraldry A narrow vertical strip.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art
  • noun a portable platform for storing or moving goods that are stacked on it
  • noun a mattress filled with straw or a pad made of quilts; used as a bed
  • noun a hand tool with a flat blade used by potters for mixing and shaping clay
  • noun board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints and the range of colors used


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From Middle English palet, from Anglo-Norman palete, from Old Norse pallr

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From the Middle English paillet, from Anglo-Norman paillette ("bundle of straw"), from Old French paille ("straw, chaff"), from Latin palea ("chaff")

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Latin palla: to cut; hence a strip of cloth. The diminutive of the pale.


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  • My friend, Titch.

    July 4, 2008


    Your “palate” is the roof of your mouth, and by extension, your sense of taste. A “palette” is the flat board an artist mixes paint on (or by extension, a range of colors). A “pallet” is either a bed (now rare) or a flat platform onto which goods are loaded.

    January 8, 2011

  • I was just looking at palliasse and found myself back here.

    July 3, 2012