What does Purple mean?

Definitions for Purpleˈpɜr pəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Purple.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Purple

    pur′pl, n. a very dark-red colour formed by the mixture of blue and red: a purple dress or robe, originally worn only by royalty: a robe of honour: the dignity of a king or emperor: a cardinalate, so called from the red hat and robes worn by cardinals.—adj. red tinged with blue: blood-red: bloody.—v.t. to dye purple: to clothe with purple.—v.i. to become purple in colour.—n. Pur′ple-fish, a shellfish of genus Purpura.—adjs. Pur′ple-frost′y (Tenn.), purple with frost or cold; Pur′ple-hued (Shak.), having a purple hue.—n.pl. Pur′ples, petechiæ or spots of livid red on the body: a disease of wheat: an early purple-flowered orchid.—adj. Pur′ple-spiked, having purple spikes.—ns. Pur′ple-wood, -heart, the heartwood of Copaifera pubiflora, used for ramrods.—adj. Pur′plish, somewhat purple.—Purple emperor, one of the largest of British butterflies, and one of the most richly coloured.—Born in the purple, of princely rank or birth; Tyrian purple, a fine purple dye for which the people of ancient Tyre were celebrated. [O. Fr. porpre (Fr. pourpre)—L. purpura—Gr. porphyra, the purple-fish.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Purple in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Purple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anthony DelRegno:

    I knew immediately it was a real Purple Heart.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Oh, nice legs, huh? your girl’s hot as sh*t, in the purple.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.

  4. Carl Greenwood:

    They hate that alternative work schedule with a purple passion.

  5. Patricia Giannascoli:

    Oh he would be so happy to have his Purple Heart. He would really love it.

Images & Illustrations of Purple

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