A model wearing a purple dress.
- The definition of purple is something that is a color that combines red and blue.
A dress that is a color between red and blue is an example of a purple dress.
- Purple is a color in between red and blue.
A color between red and blue is an example of purple.
- a dark color that is a blend of red and blue
- Now Rare
- deep crimson
- cloth or clothing of such color: an emblem of royalty or high rank
Origin of purpleMiddle English purpel from Old English (Northumbrian) purpl(e), dissimilated variant, variety of West Saxon purpur(e) from Classical Latin purpura, purple from Classical Greek porphyra, shellfish yielding purple dye
- of the color purple
- imperial; royal
- ornate or elaborate in literary style: usually used pejoratively: purple prose
- profane or obscene: purple language
intransitive verb-·pled, -·pling
born to the purple
- Any of a group of colors with a hue between that of violet and red.
- Cloth of a color between violet and red, formerly worn as a symbol of royalty or high office.
- Imperial power; high rank: born to the purple.
- Roman Catholic Church a. The rank or office of a cardinal.b. The rank or office of a bishop.
- Of the color purple.
- Royal or imperial; regal.
- Elaborate and ornate: purple prose.
tr. & intr.v.pur·pled, pur·pling, pur·ples
Origin of purpleMiddle English purpel purple, dark crimson from Old English purpul from alteration (by dissimilation of the second r to l ) of purpure purple or dark crimson cloth from Latin purpura mollusk yielding Tyrian purple, Tyrian purple cloth, purple color from Greek porphurā of unknown origin
- A colour/color that is a dark blend of red and blue; dark magenta.
- Cloth, or a garment, dyed a purple colour; especially, a purple robe, worn as an emblem of rank or authority; specifically, the purple robe or mantle worn by Ancient Roman emperors as the emblem of imperial dignity.
- to put on the imperial purple
- (by extension) Imperial power, because the colour purple was worn by emperors and kings.
- 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.
- (medicine) purpura
- earcockle, a disease of wheat.
(comparative purpler or more purple, superlative purplest or most purple)
- (having purple as its colour): nonpurple
(third-person singular simple present purples, present participle purpling, simple past and past participle purpled)
- (intransitive) To turn purple in colour.
From Middle English purpel, from Old English purple, purpure (“purple"), from Latin purpura (“purple dye, shellfish"), from Ancient Greek Ï€Î¿ÏÏ†ÏÏÎ± (porphura, “purple fish"), of Semitic origin.
- (rare) A surname.