Definitions for Purpleˈpɜr pəl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pur•pleˈpɜr pəl(n.; adj.)-pler, -plest
(n.)any color having components of both red and blue, esp. one deep in tone.
cloth or clothing of this hue, esp. as formerly worn distinctively by persons of royal or other high rank.
the office of a cardinal or bishop.
imperial, regal, or princely rank or position.
(adj.)of the color purple.
imperial, regal, or princely.
brilliant or showy.
full of exaggerated literary devices and effects; marked by excessively ornate rhetoric:
profane or shocking, as language.
Category: Common Vocabulary
(v.i.)to make or become purple.
Idioms for purple:
born to the purple,of royal or exalted birth.
Origin of purple:
bef. 1000; ME purpel (n. and adj.), OE purple (adj.), var. of purpure < L purpura kind of shellfish yielding purple dye, the dye, cloth so dyed < Gk porphýra; cf. porphyry
a purple color or pigment
of imperial status
"he was born to the purple"
purple, violet, purplish(adj)
of a color intermediate between red and blue
empurpled, over-embellished, purple(adj)
excessively elaborate or showily expressed
"a writer of empurpled literature"; "many purple passages"; "an over-embellished story of the fish that got away"
imperial, majestic, purple, regal, royal(verb)
belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler
"golden age of imperial splendor"; "purple tyrant"; "regal attire"; "treated with royal acclaim"; "the royal carriage of a stag's head"
purple, empurple, purpurate(verb)
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
between red and blue in color
a purple sweater/flower; The sky turned purple.; a deep shade of purple
The colour worn by an emperor or king; by extension, imperial power.
Any of various species of mollusks from which Tyrian purple dye was obtained, especially the common dog whelk.
the purple haze cultivar of cannabis in the kush family, either pure or mixed with others, or by extension any variety of smoked marijuana
To turn purple in colour.
Having a colour/color that is a dark blend of red and blue.
Not predominantly red or blue, but having a mixture of Democrat and Republican support, as in purple state, purple city.
Mixed between social democrats and liberals.
Origin: From purpel, from purple, purpure, from purpura, from πορφύρα, of Semitic origin.
a color formed by, or resembling that formed by, a combination of the primary colors red and blue
cloth dyed a purple color, or a garment of such color; especially, a purple robe, worn as an emblem of rank or authority; specifically, the purple rode or mantle worn by Roman emperors as the emblem of imperial dignity; as, to put on the imperial purple
hence: Imperial sovereignty; royal rank, dignity, or favor; loosely and colloquially, any exalted station; great wealth
a cardinalate. See Cardinal
any species of large butterflies, usually marked with purple or blue, of the genus Basilarchia (formerly Limenitis) as, the banded purple (B. arthemis). See Illust. under Ursula
any shell of the genus Purpura
a disease of wheat. Same as Earcockle
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
imperial; regal; -- so called from the color having been an emblem of imperial authority
to make purple; to dye of purple or deep red color; as, hands purpled with blood
Purple is a range of hues of color occurring between red and blue. The Oxford English Dictionary describes it as a deep, rich shade between crimson and violet. In the ancient world, purple was the color worn by Roman Emperors and magistrates, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Since that time, purple has been commonly associated with royalty and piety.
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Purple' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4541
Rank popularity for the word 'Purple' in Adjectives Frequency: #950
Translations for Purple
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(of) a dark colour made by mixing blue and red.
- أرْجُوان، أرْجُوانيArabic
- roxoPortuguese (BR)
- violet; purpurDanish
- púrpura, moradoSpanish
- fjólublár, purpuraliturIcelandic
- purpurinė/violetinė spalva; purpurinis, violetinisLithuanian
- purpurs; purpursarkansLatvian
- purpur, fiolettNorwegian
- фиолетовый (цвет)Russian
- purpur; purpurovýSlovak
- purpur, mörklilaSwedish
- 紫色(的)Chinese (Trad.)
- пурпурний колірUkrainian
- ارغواني رنگUrdu
- màu đỏ tíaVietnamese
- 紫色（的）Chinese (Simp.)
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