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pastel

noun uk   /ˈpæs.təl/ us    /pæsˈtel/

pastel noun (MATERIAL)

[C or U] a soft, coloured substance, usually in the form of a small stick, that is used to draw pictures, or a picture made using this: Do you like working with pastels/in pastel? The show includes 85 paintings, pastels, and sculptures.

pastel noun (COLOUR)

[C] a colour that is pale and soft

pastel

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈpæs.təl/ us    /pæsˈtel/
having a pale soft colour: Their house is decorated in pastel shades.
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