Definitions for Purpleˈpɜr pəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pur•pleˈpɜr pəl(n.; adj.)-pler, -plest

  1. (n.)any color having components of both red and blue, esp. one deep in tone.

  2. cloth or clothing of this hue, esp. as formerly worn distinctively by persons of royal or other high rank.

  3. the office of a cardinal or bishop.

  4. imperial, regal, or princely rank or position.

  5. (adj.)of the color purple.

  6. imperial, regal, or princely.

  7. brilliant or showy.

  8. full of exaggerated literary devices and effects; marked by excessively ornate rhetoric:

    purple prose.

    Category: Rhetoric

  9. profane or shocking, as language.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  10. (v.i.)to make or become purple.

Idioms for purple:

  1. born to the purple,of royal or exalted birth.

    Category: Idiom

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


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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. purple(adjective)ˈpɜr pəl

    between red and blue in color

    a purple sweater/flower; The sky turned purple.; a deep shade of 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


  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

Translations for Purple

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(of) a dark colour made by mixing blue and red.

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