a conventionalized shape in the form of palmately spread leaves or sections, used as ornamentation. Compare anthemion, lotus ( def 5 ).

1835–45; < French; see palm2, -ette Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To palmette
World English Dictionary
palmette (pælˈmɛt)
archaeol an ornament or design resembling the palm leaf
[C19: from French: a little palm²]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Flanking each side of the decorative band are two semicircular columns of varying height capped by palmette ornamentation.
In addition, the west side is capped by a gabled roof with a palmette in relief at its peak.
Anthemion and palmette motifs dominate the tablets and corner blocks made for the house.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature