Purple meaning

pûrpəl
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.

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Any of a group of colors with a hue between that of violet and red.
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Royal or imperial; regal.
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Imperial power; high rank.

Born to the purple.

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Of the color purple.
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To make or become purple.
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A dark color that is a blend of red and blue.
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Of the color purple.
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Imperial; royal.
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To make or become purple.
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A colour/color that is a dark blend of red and blue; dark magenta.

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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.

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(by extension) Imperial power, because the colour purple was worn by emperors and kings.
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Any of various species of mollusks from which Tyrian purple dye was obtained, especially the common dog whelk.
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The purple haze cultivar of cannabis in the kush family, either pure or mixed with others, or by extension any variety of smoked marijuana.
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(medicine) Purpura.
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Earcockle, a disease of wheat.
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Having a colour/color that is a dark blend of red and blue.
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(US politics) Not predominantly red or blue, but having a mixture of Democrat and Republican support, as in purple state, purple city.
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(in Netherlands and Belgium) Mixed between social democrats and liberals.
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Blood-red; bloody.
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(intransitive) To turn purple in colour.
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(rare) A surname.
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Purple is a color in between red and blue.

A color between red and blue is an example of purple.

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Cloth of a color between violet and red, formerly worn as a symbol of royalty or high office.
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Elaborate and ornate.

Purple prose.

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born to the purple
  • being of royal or high birth
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the purple
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Origin of purple

  • Middle English from Old English purpul from purpure purple garment from Latin purpura shellfish yielding purple dye, purple cloth, purple from Greek porphurā

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English purpel, from Old English purple, purpure (“purple"), from Latin purpura (“purple dye, shellfish"), from Ancient Greek πορφύρα (porphura, “purple fish"), of Semitic origin.

    From Wiktionary