Definition of swatch in English:


Syllabification: swatch
Pronunciation: /swäCH


  • 1A small sample of fabric intended to demonstrate the look of a larger piece.
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    • We come to the house with all our materials, colour and fabric swatches and can usually go through each room within the one session.
    • Included are samplers, embroidered pictures, portraits, sewing implements and patterns, quilts, clothing, linens, fabric swatches, photographs, and other documents.
    • I sent him tie samples, fabric swatches, photos, the whole nine yards.
  • 1.1A collection of fabric samples, especially in the form of a book.
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    • I was both a cool and deep dude, but predominantly cool - and a swatch book of 33 of these qualifying hues was ‘my colour.’
    • I come with my swatch books and some drawing paper.
    • Most retailers can get you a sample swatch or will allow you to check out the book for an evening.
  • 1.2A sample of paint, makeup, etc. applied to a surface or one’s skin to test or demonstrate the color: red lipstick swatches the walls were covered with multicoloured paint swatches
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    • I thought that maybe a couple of swatches could be useful, especially for those of you who are going to shop online without seeing the actual products first.
    • If you're looking for reviews, beauty, swatches, and more, whether it's haircare, skincare or've come to the right place!
    • Of the shades I tried, Rose Boudoir and Rose Thé are the most opaque, which you can hopefully see in the swatches above.
  • 1.3A patch or area of a material or surface: the sunset had filled the sky with swatches of deep orange
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    • They were about to throw out a swatch of material they found in my remaining sneaker, but I grabbed it and stuffed it back in my fancy leather shoes before they could open it and find my heart.
    • Bright swatches of fuchsia, orange and yellow tend to advance before cooler passages of lavender, violet and blue.
    • The several paintings titled Night Sky are swatches of impenetrable black texturing.


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  • Apply a sample of (paint, makeup, etc.) to a surface or one’s skin to test or demonstrate the color: I got the polishes yesterday, and I’ve swatched them all
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    • I seem to have a fairly healthy collection of brown pencil liners but I've never swatched them all side by side.
    • I'm actually considering swatching all my lipsticks (50+) and posting them on here for people to look at.
    • The lovely sales assistant swatched a couple of shades on my hand.


early 16th century (originally Scots and northern English, denoting the counterfoil of a tally, and later a tally fixed to a piece of cloth before dyeing): of unknown origin.

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