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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

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The collection includes three brand-new shades: Mink, a deep, grayish brown with purple undertones; Penelope, a warm, pinkish coral; and Bubble, a muted, cool-toned mauve. Gillian Fuller, Allure, 14 Sep. 2017 Swallows suddenly swoop through the skies on their way south; the asters explode with color in the gardens; the evening clouds become even more vivid in their pinks and mauves, purples and iridescent yellows. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, 8 Sep. 2017 In the dining room, for example, a delicate mobile designed by her friend, artist Julia Condon, mimics the delicate, beaded, abstract roses embroidered on the mauve silk that lines the walls. Kate Betts, ELLE Decor, 14 Oct. 2011 There's the aforementioned Ruby Woo and Whirl, along with peachy nude Velvet Teddy, mauve Mehr, red-orange Chili, wine Sin, burgundy Diva, blue-red Russian Red, muted pink Twig, and brick red D for Danger. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, 4 Oct. 2017 Another deep mauve lipstick and lip liner got the name Erin, for Hadid’s makeup artist who helped her develop the collection. Jackie Fields,, 21 Oct. 2017 Modern, spare rooms converted from 300-year-old caves have clean white walls with splashes of vivid fuchsia, mauve, aqua, and rose in the cushions and bedding. Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Oct. 2017 Step one: Take Liar (a medium metallic mauve shimmer) and pack the color on the inner third of your eyelid. Alison Smith,, 17 Oct. 2017 Step 2: Add a vampy mauve shade around the outer corners of your lids for a bit of ~drama~. Step 3: Use a pearly hue to highlight your cheekbones, forehead, nose, cupid's bow, and chin. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 13 Sep. 2017 See More

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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 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a medium purple, violet, or lilac

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