Definitions for Purple
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Purple.
a purple color or pigment
of imperial status
"he was born to the purple"
purple, violet, purplishadjective
of a color intermediate between red and blue
empurpled, over-embellished, purpleadjective
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, royalverb
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, purpurateverb
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.
Etymology: From purpel, from purple, purpure, from purpura, from πορφύρα, of Semitic origin.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: pourpre, Fr. purpureus, Lat.
The poop was beaten gold,
Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that
The winds were love-sick with e’m. William Shakespeare.
You violets, that first appear,
By your pure purple mantles known;
What are you when the rose is blown? Henry Wotton.
A small oval plate, cut off a flinty pebble, and polished, is prettily variegated with a pale grey, blue, yellow, and purple. John Woodward, on Fossils.
I view a field of blood,
And Tyber rolling with a purple flood. Dryden.
Their mangled limbs
Crashing at once, death dyes the purple seas
With gore. James Thomson, Summer.
To make red; to colour with purple.
Etymology: purpuro, Lat.
Whilst your purpled hands do reak and smoak,
Fulfil your pleasure. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.
Cruel and suddain, hast thou since
Purpled thy nail in blood of innocence? John Donne.
Though fall’n on evil days,
In darkness, and with dangers compass’d round,
And solitude! yet, not alone, while thou
Visit’st my slumbers nightly; or when morn
Purples the East. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xxx.
Throw hither all your quaint enamel’d eyes,
That on the green turf such the honied show’rs,
And purple all the ground with vernal flow’rs. John Milton.
Aurora had but newly chas’d the night,
And purpled o’er the sky with blushing light. Dryden.
Not with more glories in th’ ethereal plain,
The sun first rises o’er the purpled main. Alexander Pope.
Reclining soft in blissful bow’rs,
Purpled sweet with springing flow’rs. Elijah Fenton.
Purple is any of a variety of colors with hue between red and blue. In the RGB color model used in computer and television screens, purples are produced by mixing red and blue light. In the RYB color model historically used by painters, purples are created with a combination of red and blue pigments. In the CMYK color model used in printing, purples are made by combining magenta pigment with either cyan pigment, black pigment, or both. Purple has long been associated with royalty, originally because Tyrian purple dye, made from the mucus secretion of a species of snail, was extremely expensive in antiquity. Purple was the color worn by Roman magistrates; it became the imperial color worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Similarly in Japan, the color is traditionally associated with the emperor and aristocracy.According to contemporary surveys in Europe and the United States, purple is the color most often associated with rarity, royalty, magic, mystery, and piety. When combined with pink, it is associated with eroticism, femininity, and seduction.
Purple is a color that is a blend of blue and red. Its hue can range from a light, lavender shade to a dark, violet tone. It is often associated with royalty, luxury, power, creativity, and magic. In the RGB color model, it is created by combining a strong intensity of red light and blue light.
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
Etymology: [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.]
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
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.]
Etymology and Origins
This dye, in which the people of Tyre excelled, was discovered in the following manner:--One day a favourite dog of Hercules of Tyre ate a species of fish known to the ancients by the name of purpura, and on returning to his master his lips were found to be tinged with the colour, which, after a few experiments, Hercules successfully imitated.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Purple is ranked #58182 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Purple surname appeared 349 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Purple.
93.9% or 328 total occurrences were White.
2.2% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.4% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Purple' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4541
Rank popularity for the word 'Purple' in Adjectives Frequency: #950
The numerical value of Purple in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Purple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
It’s a resolution really calling for a sense of Congress to encourage all of the parties, who have say in the process, to award our five fallen heroes in uniform who have died purple hearts, we don’t want a situation similar to what happened with the heroes who got killed at Fort Hood and they had to wait a very long time to get The Purple Heart.
That's where it might make a difference when we look at exoplanets. We would want to consider that the pigments on an alien planet might be different than what we have on modern Earth, and if the Purple Earth hypothesis was correct and there was a dominance of purple organisms in the early Earth, then we might be able to find another planet that's at an earlier stage of evolution of the planet, where the purple pigments might have dominated.
There's one place on my body that I can scratch and that's my nose so anything else is impossible. Plus, my hands are purple so I get everything purple.
...National Democrats seemed increasingly to write off red states--or red areas within blue and purple states--completely. The result was that many parts of our country had heard so little from Democrats and progressives that anyone living there who sympathized with our party might assume they were totally alone.
The most obvious (double bill) is closing night with Deep Purple who recorded 'Smoke on the Water' while watching the Montreux Casino burn as Frank Zappa was playing (in 1971). This will be Zappa's son playing and opening for Deep Purple, It's a nice way to put the bill together.
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Translations for Purple
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- بنفسجي, أرجوانيArabic
- tünd qırmızıAzerbaijani
- морав, пурпурен, виолетовBulgarian
- púrpura, purpuri, porpraCatalan, Valencian
- purpurový, nachový, fialovýCzech
- porffor, piws, glasgochWelsh
- lilla, violetDanish
- violett, lila, purpurrot, purpurGerman
- μενεξεδής, πορφύρα, μενεξεδί, βιολετί, μαβής, βιολετής, μωβ, πορφυρός, ιόχρουν, ιώδης, μοβ, πορφυρό, ιώδες, ιόχρους, μαβίGreek
- purpura, purpuroEsperanto
- violeta, morado, púrpura, lilaSpanish
- بنفش, ارغوانی, رنگ بنفشPersian
- violetti, purppura, sinipunainen, purppurakotiloFinnish
- korkalitur, purpurlitur, purpurFaroese
- violet, pourpreFrench
- pearsWestern Frisian
- purpaidh, purpar, còrcairScottish Gaelic
- बैगनी, बैंगनीHindi
- lila, bíborszínű, bíborHungarian
- purpuralitur, fjólublárIcelandic
- porpora, violaItalian
- 紫, 紫色, パープル, 紫のJapanese
- ಕೆನ್ನೀಲಿ, ನೇರಳೆ ಬಣ್ಣKannada
- 보라색, 자주색, 자Korean
- glasrudh, purpurCornish
- ostrum, purpura, purpurusLatin
- violets, purpurs, lillāLatvian
- час улаанMongolian
- purperen, purper, paarsDutch
- lilla, fiolettNorwegian
- tsédídéehgo dootłʼizhNavajo, Navaho
- purpurowy, fiolet, fioletowy, purpuraPolish
- roxo, púrpura, violetaPortuguese
- mov, purpuriu, violetRomanian
- пурпурный, пурпуровый, фиолетовыйRussian
- пурпуран, љубичаст, ljubičast, purpuranSerbo-Croatian
- violett, lila, gredelinSwedish
- లేత ఎరుపు రంగుTelugu
- benewşe, melewşeTurkmen
- erguvani, morTurkish
- màu tím, tía, đỏ tíaVietnamese
- לילאַ, purpleYiddish
- àwo elésè àlùkòYoruba
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