- any of a genus (Viola) of plants of the violet family, having white, blue, purple, or yellow irregular flowers with short spurs
- the flower of any of these plants
- any of various similar plants, as the African violet, or their flowers
- a bluish-purple color
Origin of violetMiddle English from Old French violette, diminutive of viole from Classical Latin viola, a violet from or akin to Classical Greek ion, violet
- designating a family (Violaceae, order Violales) of temperate and tropical dicotyledonous plants having five-parted flowers, a one-celled ovary, and a three-valved fruit capsule, including the pansies
- of the color violet
Origin of Violetfrom violet
- a. Any of various low-growing herbs of the genus Viola, having short-spurred, irregular flowers that are characteristically purplish-blue but sometimes yellow or white.b. Any of several similar plants, such as an African violet.
- The hue of the short-wave end of the visible spectrum, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 380 to 420 nanometers; any of a group of colors, reddish-blue in hue, that may vary in lightness and saturation.
Origin of violetMiddle English from Old French violete diminutive of viole from Latin viola ; see viola 2.
(comparative violeter, superlative violetest)
- Having a bluish-purple colour.
From Old French violette, from Latin viola (“violet")
- A female given name.
A 19th century flower name from violet, sometimes as an anglicisation of the earlier French Violette.