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ˈmȯv How to pronounce mauve (audio)
: a moderate purple, violet, or lilac color
: a strong purple
: a dyestuff (see dye entry 1 sense 2) that produces a mauve color


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: of the color mauve : of a moderate purple, violet, or lilac color
White china vases of mauve hyacinths scented the table …Hamish Bowles

Examples of mauve in a Sentence

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Gonzalez used the new-ish Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Cheek Tint in shades 53, a vibrant baby pink, and 62, a delicate mauve. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 12 June 2024 Speaking of dresses, this cotton Lucky Brand sundress is calling my name with its flowy skirt and dreamy mauve hue. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 10 June 2024 Pocket Blush is available in six shades, so there's truly something for every makeup look — piggy (baby pink), freckle (neutral peach), spicy marg (bright coral), sleepy girl (soft mauve), juice box (hot pink) and toasted teddy (bronze terracotta). Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 10 June 2024 This bestseller is available in men's and women's sizes and various colors, including white, black, mauve, blue, green, and more. $179 at Patagonia (women's sizes) $179 at Patagonia (men's sizes) The Columbia Arcadia II rain jacket has just the right dose of everything. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Apr. 2024 Her glam consisted of her signature bombshell curls with curtain bangs, mauve lipstick and rosy cheeks. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 28 May 2024 For the star's eyes, Gonzalez chose mauve and antique rose shades out of the Rosey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, with Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in incandescent dabbed onto the inner corners of Washington's eyelids for a pop. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 7 May 2024 This year, political pundits are doubling down on the idea that Orange County’s mauve march continues. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 Gone were the muted natural dyes, replaced by a swirling, eye-popping assortment, starting with his signature mauve. The Editors, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024
In fact, all of her styling, from the necklace to the mauve lip color, the bold blue eye shadow, and the subtle French manicure, could almost be categorized under the mob-wife aesthetic. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 25 Jan. 2024 As for her makeup, the Batman Begins alum wore bold eyeliner and a mauve lip color to pull everything together. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 19 Jan. 2023

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Word History



French, literally, mallow, from Old French, from Latin malva

First Known Use


1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mauve was in 1833

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“Mauve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a medium purple, violet, or lilac

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