Definition of Purple

1. Noun. A purple color or pigment.

2. Verb. Become purple.
Generic synonyms: Color, Colour, Discolor, Discolour

3. Adjective. Of a color intermediate between red and blue.
Exact synonyms: Purplish, Violet
Similar to: Chromatic
Derivative terms: Purpleness, Violet

4. Noun. Of imperial status. "He was born to the purple"
Generic synonyms: Nobility, Noblesse

5. Verb. Color purple.

6. Adjective. Excessively elaborate or showily expressed. "An over-embellished story of the fish that got away"
Exact synonyms: Empurpled, Over-embellished
Similar to: Rhetorical

7. Adjective. Belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler. "The royal carriage of a stag's head"
Exact synonyms: Imperial, Majestic, Regal, Royal
Similar to: Noble
Derivative terms: Emperor

Definition of Purple

1. n. A color formed by, or resembling that formed by, a combination of the primary colors red and blue.

2. a. Exhibiting or possessing the color called purple, much esteemed for its richness and beauty; of a deep red, or red and blue color; as, a purple robe.

3. v. t. To make purple; to dye of purple or deep red color; as, hands purpled with blood.

Definition of Purple

1. Proper noun. (rare) (surname from=Middle English) ¹

2. Noun. The colour worn by an emperor or king; by extension, imperial power. ¹

3. Noun. A colour/color that is a dark blend of red and blue; dark magenta. ¹

4. Noun. Any of various species of mollusks from which Tyrian purple dye was obtained, especially the common dog whelk. ¹

5. Noun. the purple haze cultivar of cannabis in the kush family, either pure or mixed with others, or by extension any variety of smoked marijuana ¹

6. Adjective. Having a colour/color that is a dark blend of red and blue. ¹

7. Adjective. (US politics) Not predominantly red or blue, but having a mixture of Democrat and Republican support, as in ''purple state'', ''purple city''. ¹

8. Adjective. (context: Netherlands and Belgium) Mixed between social democrats and liberals. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) To turn purple in colour. ¹

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Definition of Purple

1. of a color intermediate between red and blue [adj -PLER, -PLEST] / to make purple [v -PLED, -PLING, -PLES] - See also: purple

Lexicographical Neighbors of Purple

purple (current term)
purple-flowering raspberry
purple-fringed orchid
purple-fringed orchis
purple-hooded orchis
purple-staining Cortinarius
purple-stemmed aster
purple amaranth
purple anise
purple apricot
purple avens
purple bacteria
purple beech
purple boneset

Literary usage of Purple

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"This grows as much as 6 feet high and has pendulous bright blood-purple flowers but apparently with pale rose and perhaps other varieties (also a white ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"purple. A color located in the spectrum between crimson and violet. ... The ancients attributed the discovery of purple to the Phoenicians. ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"From the eye near the candle an image of the retinal vessels will appear projected on the wall purple. A color located in the spectrum between crimson and ..."

4. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1915)
"23: Ivs. 12-20, scattered or un perfectly whorled : fls. dark purple obscurely checkered with green, on slender pedicels. Wyo. and Utah, to the Sierras and ..."

5. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1900)
"LONDON purple has, up to the present time, been supposed to consist mainly of calcium arsenite and an organic dye residue. From the work which will appear ..."

6. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"purple was an early monopoly of the artistic Phenicians of the Mediterranean coast. ... The varieties which furnished the old purple dye were the Murex ..."

7. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1903)
"white, or purple-dotted, and for the most part are in terminal clusters. ... In many purple-flowered species of the Labiate family the leaves and stems also ..."

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