Definition of mauve
1a : a moderate purple, violet, or lilac colorb : a strong purple
2 : a dyestuff (see 1dye 2) that produces a mauve color
Recent Examples of mauve from the Web
There is everything to hate about these legacy connectors: The colors chosen to differentiate keyboard and mouse cables are hideous shades of green and mauve — colors even the pastel-curious 1980s couldn’t love.
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Origin and Etymology of mauve
French, literally, mallow, from Old French, from Latin malva
First Known Use: 1859
MAUVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mauve for English Language Learners
: a light or medium purple color
MAUVE Defined for Kids
Definition of mauve for Students
: a medium purple, violet, or lilac
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