C14: from Anglo-Norman paillet, from Old French paille straw, from Latin palea straw
an instrument with a handle and a flat, sometimes flexible, blade used by potters for shaping
a standard-sized platform of box section open at two ends on which goods may be stacked. The open ends allow the entry of the forks of a lifting truck so that the palletized load can be raised and moved about easily
(horology) the locking lever that engages and disengages alternate end pawls with the escape wheel to give impulses to the balance
"mattress," late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. paillete "straw, bundle of straw," from O.Fr. paillete "chaff," from paille "straw," from L. palea "chaff," cognate with Skt. palavah, O.C.S. pleva, Rus. peleva, Lith. pelus.
"flat wooden blade" used as a tool by potters, etc., 1558, from M.Fr. palette, dim. of pale "spade, shovel" (see palette). Meaning "large portable tray" used with forklift for moving loads is from 1921.