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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.
Translations of “pastel”
in Korean 은은한 색조의…
in Arabic لَون فاتِح…
in French pastel…
in Turkish soluk renkli, pastel…
in Italian pastello…
in Chinese (Traditional) 材料, 彩色蠟筆, 彩色粉筆…
in Russian пастельный…
in Polish pastelowy…
in Spanish pastel…
in Portuguese pastel…
in German Pastell-……
in Catalan pastel…
in Japanese パステルカラーの…
in Chinese (Simplified) 材料, 彩色蜡笔, 彩色粉笔…
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