Palate, Palette, or Pallet?

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Palate, Palette, or Pallet?

What is the difference between palate, palette, and pallet?
  • "Palate" is the roof of a mouth.
  • "Palette" is the board where artists mix their paint.
  • "Pallet" is a flat platform for loading goods.
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More about "Palate," "Palette," and "Pallet"

The words "palate," "palette," and "pallet" sound similar, but their meanings are very different.


The noun "palate" is the roof of the mouth in humans and other mammals. The flavor of a food (particularly beer or wine) is sometimes referred to as a palate (e.g., a fruity palate).

  • If you're able to taste slight nuances in food, then you have a well-developed palate.
  • In reality, there are no taste sensors on the palate.


The noun "palette" is a flat board on which a painter arranges and mixes paints.

  • On an artist's palette, there is one colour which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. (Artist Marc Chagall)
  • You seem to have a lot of red on your palette. Are you planning to shoot the model?


The noun "pallet" is a flat wooden structure that supports goods. A "pallet" is typically made of wood and designed to be lifted by forklift trucks.

  • Loads with pallets under them can be hauled by forklift trucks or by pallet jacks.
  • Discarded wooden pallets cannot be used for firewood or crafts.

Common Terms with "Palate," "Palette," and "Pallet"

Common terms with the word "palate":
  • soft palate
  • hard palate
  • cleft palate
  • palate cleanser
  • palate ulcer
  • palate of the mouth
  • refined palate
  • fruity palate
Common terms with the word "palette":
  • colour palette
  • make up palette
  • palette knife
  • artist's palette
  • eyeshadow palette
  • palette painting
Common terms with the word "pallet":
  • pallet truck
  • pallet delivery
  • pallet storage
  • pallet of bricks, cement, or blocks
  • pallet recycling
  • wooden pallet
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