imperial purple


Definition of imperial purple

1 : a grayish violet
2 of textiles : a deep purple that is redder and duller than hyacinth violet or petunia violet and redder and less strong than dahlia purple (see dahlia purple sense 2)

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First Known Use of imperial purple

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Imperial purple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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