Pastel definition

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Pale and soft in color.
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A soft delicate hue; a pale color.

A room done all in pastels.

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A sketchy or brief prose work.
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A drawing medium of dried paste made of ground pigments and a water-based binder that is manufactured in crayon form.
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A crayon of this material.
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A picture or sketch drawn with this type of crayon.
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The art or process of drawing with pastels.
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A picture drawn with such crayons.
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Drawing with pastels as an art form or medium.
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A soft, pale shade of any color.
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Ground coloring matter mixed with gum and formed into a crayon.
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Such a crayon.
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Of pastel.
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Drawn with pastels.
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Any of several subdued tints of colors, usually associated with pink, peach, yellow, green, blue and lavender.
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A drawing made with any of those colors.
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A type of dried paste used to make crayons.
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A crayon made from such a paste.
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Soft and pale.
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Of, relating to, or made of pastel.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pastel
Plural:
pastels

Origin of pastel

  • French from Italian pastello material made into a paste from Late Latin pastellus woad dye diminutive of pasta paste paste1

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

  • Borrowing from French pastel, from Italian pastello (“pastel"), from Medieval Latin pastellum (“dough, paste"), from Latin pasta (“dough, paste").

    From Wiktionary