Definitions for Purpleˈpɜr pəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. purple, purpleness(noun)

    a purple color or pigment

  2. purple(adj)

    of imperial status

    "he was born to the purple"

  3. purple, violet, purplish(adj)

    of a color intermediate between red and blue

  4. 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"

  5. 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"

  6. purple(verb)

    become purple

  7. purple, empurple, purpurate(verb)

    color purple


  1. purple(Noun)

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

  2. purple(Noun)

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

  3. purple(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

  4. purple(Verb)

    To turn purple in colour.

  5. purple(Adjective)

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

  6. purple(Adjective)

    Not predominantly red or blue, but having a mixture of Democrat and Republican support, as in purple state, purple city.

  7. purple(Adjective)

    Mixed between social democrats and liberals.

  8. Origin: From purpel, from purple, purpure, from purpura, from πορφύρα, of Semitic origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purple(noun)

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

  2. Purple(noun)

    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

  3. Purple(noun)

    hence: Imperial sovereignty; royal rank, dignity, or favor; loosely and colloquially, any exalted station; great wealth

  4. Purple(noun)

    a cardinalate. See Cardinal

  5. Purple(noun)

    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

  6. Purple(noun)

    any shell of the genus Purpura

  7. Purple(noun)

    see Purpura

  8. Purple(noun)

    a disease of wheat. Same as Earcockle

  9. Purple(adj)

    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

  10. Purple(adj)

    imperial; regal; -- so called from the color having been an emblem of imperial authority

  11. Purple(adj)

    blood-red; bloody

  12. Purple(verb)

    to make purple; to dye of purple or deep red color; as, hands purpled with blood

  13. Origin: [OE. purpre, pourpre, OF. purpre, porpre, pourpre, F. pourpre, L. purpura purple fish, purple dye, fr. Gr. the purple fish, a shell from the purple dye was obtained, purple dye; cf. dark (said of the sea), purple, to grow dark (said of the sea), to be troubled; perh. akin to L. furere to rage, E. fury: cf. AS. purpure. Cf. Porphyry, Purpure.]


  1. Purple

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Purple' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4541

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Purple' in Adjectives Frequency: #950

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Carl Greenwood:

    They hate that alternative work schedule with a purple passion.

  2. Cam Berlogar:

    All of our water is being turned purple and shipped out of here in green glass.

  3. Mitch McConnell:

    Unless the nominee for president can carry purple states, he's not going to get elected.

  4. Rudyard Kipling:

    He wrapped himself in quotations- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.

  5. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan:

    The Purple Line is a long-term investment that will be an important economic driver for our state.

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