What does violet mean?

Definitions for violet
ˈvaɪ ə lɪtvi·o·let

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. violetnoun

    any of numerous low-growing violas with small flowers

  2. violet, reddish blueadjective

    a variable color that lies beyond blue in the spectrum

  3. purple, violet, purplishadjective

    of a color intermediate between red and blue


  1. violetnoun

    A bluish-purple colour.

  2. violetnoun

    A fragrant plant genus with white, purple or yellow flowers.

  3. violetnoun

    Any of several plants that look like the plants of the genus Viola but are taxonomically unrelated to them.

  4. violetadjective

    Having a bluish-purple colour.

  5. Violetnoun

    A female given name from English.

    It may be as well to say, by way of parenthesis, that her real name was Violante,―at least, such was the name by which her mother had her christened. But her father thought it much too long, and said it was better to call her Violet.

  6. Etymology: From violette, from Latin viola


  1. Violet

    Violet is a song by American alternative rock band Hole, written by vocalist and guitarist Courtney Love and guitarist Eric Erlandson. The song was written in mid-1991, and was performed live between 1991 and 1992 during Hole's earlier tours, eventually appearing as the opening track on the band's second studio album Live Through This (1994). The song was released as the group's seventh single and the third from that album in early 1995. Love has stated several times that the song was written about her relationship with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan in 1990, and the lyrics speak from the point of view of an angry narrator who has abandoned a romance. Several critics and scholars have noted parallels in the lyrics between Corgan as well as Love's late husband, Kurt Cobain, alongside themes of sexual exploitation and violence, self-abasement, and resentment. "Violet" peaked at number 29 on the Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks after the album's release in 1994, and is considered one of Hole's most well-known and critically recognized songs. It charted at number 116 on The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born list by Blender magazine in 2005. The cover artwork for the single features a Victorian mourning portrait of a deceased young girl which was taken from the historical archives of Stanley B. Burns. A music video, released in 1995, features Love among numerous strippers performing in an early-20th century dance hall, contrasted with ballerinas and young girls dancing on a stage.


  1. violet

    Violet is a color on the visible light spectrum, named after the flowering plant of the same name. It sits at the end of the light spectrum, near ultraviolet light, with a wavelength between approximately 380-450 nanometers. Often confused with purple, violet is actually a spectrum color with its own wavelength, whereas purple is a combination of blue and red. The term violet can also refer to the plant species within the genus Viola, characterized by small, purplish-blue flowers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Violetnoun

    any plant or flower of the genus Viola, of many species. The violets are generally low, herbaceous plants, and the flowers of many of the species are blue, while others are white or yellow, or of several colors, as the pansy (Viola tricolor)

  2. Violetnoun

    the color of a violet, or that part of the spectrum farthest from red. It is the most refrangible part of the spectrum

  3. Violetnoun

    in art, a color produced by a combination of red and blue in equal proportions; a bluish purple color

  4. Violetnoun

    any one of numerous species of small violet-colored butterflies belonging to Lycaena, or Rusticus, and allied genera

  5. Violetnoun

    dark blue, inclining to red; bluish purple; having a color produced by red and blue combined

  6. Etymology: [F. violette a violet (cf. violet violet-colored), dim. of OF. viole a violet, L. viola; akin to Gr. . Cf. Iodine.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Violet

    vī′ō-let, n. any plant of genus Viola, of many species, with a flower generally of some shade of blue, but also white and yellow, and most often fragrant: the colour of the violet, a bluish or light purple.—adj. of the colour of the violet, bluish or light purple.—adjs. Violā′ceous, of a violet colour, purple; Violes′cent, tending to a violet colour. [Fr. violette, dim. of O. Fr. viole—L. viola; cf. Gr. ion.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Violet is ranked #29768 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Violet surname appeared 790 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Violet.

    91.2% or 721 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 25 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 21 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of violet in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of violet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of violet in a Sentence

  1. New York:

    Their bright, resonant sopranos blend impeccably; Davie's Violet tackles the top notes with a delicacy and ardor that emphasize fragility and fear, while Padgett gives Daisy pluck and wit.

  2. Herman Melville:

    Where does the violet tint end and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blending enter into the other. So with sanity and insanity.

  3. Mark Twain:

    Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds upon the heel that crushes it.

  4. Chris Parnham:

    I can't pretend I'm a shrinking violet, i enjoy the attention.

  5. Vincent van Gogh:

    The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don't always know if it is green or violet, you can't even say it's blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray.

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