a. A drawing medium of dried paste made of ground pigments and a water-based binder that is manufactured in crayon form.
b. A crayon of this material.
a. A picture or sketch drawn with this type of crayon.
b. The art or process of drawing with pastels.
3. A soft delicate hue; a pale color: a room done all in pastels.
4. A sketchy or brief prose work.
1. Of, relating to, or made of pastel.
2. Pale and soft in color.
[French, from Italian pastello, material made into a paste, from Late Latin pastellus, woad dye, diminutive of pasta, paste; see PASTE1.]
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Mother and Child
by Mary Cassatt
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