derby blue

noun, often capitalized D

Definition of derby blue

: a dark violet that is bluer, lighter, and stronger than plum purple (see plum purple sense 2) and bluer and stronger than average blue plum

called also elderberry

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History and Etymology for derby blue

so called from the characteristic color of Derby China

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“Derby blue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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