Palmette definition

păl-mĕt
A stylized palm leaf used as a decorative element, notably in Persian rugs and in classical moldings, reliefs, frescoes, and vase paintings.
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(archit.) A conventional ornament somewhat resembling a palm leaf.
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A motif in decorative art resembling the fan-shaped leaves of a palm tree.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
palmette
Plural:
palmettes

Origin of palmette

  • French diminutive of palme palm from Old French from Latin palma palm2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • palm +"Ž -ette

    From Wiktionary