Meaning of pastel

pas•tel

Pronunciation: (pa-stel' esp. Brit. pas'tl), [key]
— n.
  1. a color having a soft, subdued shade.
  2. a kind of dried paste made of pigments ground with chalk and compounded with gum water.
  3. a chalklike crayon made from such paste.
  4. the art of drawing with such crayons.
  5. a drawing so made.
  6. a short, light prose study or sketch.
—adj.
  1. having a soft, subdued shade.
  2. drawn with pastels: a pastel portrait.

pas•tel

Pronunciation: (pas'tel), [key]
— n.
  1. the woad plant.
  2. the dye made from it.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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