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
The flakes stayed mauve, the milk stayed white, and the whole thing tasted like thick cups of dusty corn.
A touch of earl grey tea tinted the eggs mauve, almost matching the flowers.
Below them, sky blue spires of delphinium and mauve Franz Schubert phlox would nod above masses of silvery lavender Hidcote and Munstead, named for the famous English gardens of their origin.
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is a stately plant with subtle mauve flower clusters.
Slouck used a lavender-and-mauve color scheme to complement the room's gray toile wallpaper.
Don't worry, guys, the #MACXGABRIELZAMORA mauve shade is still available here.
Ben Blatt writes by numbers in Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve (Simon & Schuster).
One of his final paintings, done on a beach in Wales during stormy weather in 1897, has sand of mauve breached by white waves, and almost recalls the chromatic experiments of Edvard Munch.
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Origin and Etymology of mauve
French, literally, mallow, from Old French, from Latin malva
First Known Use: 1859See Words from the same year
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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