Palate, Palette, and Pallet (The Difference)

by Craig Shrives
The Quick Answer
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.

Palate, Palette, and Pallet

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

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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. (Marc Chagall)
  • You seem to have a lot of red on your palette. Are you planning to shoot the model?


The noun palett is a flat wooden structure that supports goods. A palett 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

Here are some common terms featuring these words:

  • Palate cleanser
  • Palate ulcer
  • Palate of the mouth
  • Refined palate
  • Fruity palate
  • Palette knife
  • Artist's palette
  • Eyeshadow palette
  • Color palette
  • Palette painting
  • Pallet delivery
  • Pallet storage
  • Pallet of bricks, cement, or blocks
  • Pallet recycling
  • Wooden pallet
Interactive Exercise
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