Definition of palmette in English:

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Pronunciation: /palˈmet/


An ornament of radiating petals that resemble the leaflets of a palm.
Example sentences
  • Gustavian looking glasses were symmetrical, with decoration such as beading, rose swags, laurel leaf borders, palmettes, sheaves, and rope-tied crests.
  • Glazed white acanthus leaves and palmettes decorate the base of the body of the vase.
  • A late, Imperial, date might be supported by three antefixes with palmettes that were found in the water reservoir.


Mid 19th century: from French, literally 'small palm', diminutive of palme.

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Syllabification: pal·mette

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