noun vi·o·let \ˈvī-(ə-)lət\

: a plant that has small bluish-purple or white flowers

: a bluish-purple color

Full Definition of VIOLET

a :  any of a genus (Viola of the family Violaceae, the violet family) of chiefly herbs with alternate stipulate leaves and showy flowers in spring and often cleistogamous flowers in summer; especially :  one with smaller usually solid-colored flowers as distinguished from the usually larger-flowered violas and pansies
b :  any of several plants of genera other than that of the violet — compare dogtooth violet
:  any of a group of colors of reddish-blue hue, low lightness, and medium saturation

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Origin of VIOLET

Middle English, from Anglo-French violete, diminutive of viole violet, from Latin viola
First Known Use: 14th century

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VIOLET Defined for Kids


noun vi·o·let \ˈvī-ə-lət\

Definition of VIOLET for Kids

:  a wild or garden plant related to the pansies that has small often fragrant white, blue, purple, or yellow flowers
:  a bluish purple
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