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purple

adjective pur·ple \ ˈpər-pəl \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of purple

purpler play \ˈpər-p(ə-)lər\; purplest play \ˈpər-p(ə-)ləst\
2 : of the color purple
3 a : highly rhetorical : ornate
b : marked by profanity

Examples of purple in a Sentence

  1. The book contains a few purple passages.

  2. Her writing was full of purple prose.

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Origin and Etymology of purple

Middle English purpel, alteration of purper, from Old English purpuran of purple, genitive of purpure purple color, from Latin purpura, from Greek porphyra


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purple

noun

Definition of purple

1 a (1) : cloth dyed purple
(2) : a garment of such color; especially : a purple robe worn as an emblem of rank or authority
b (1) : tyrian purple
(2) : any of various colors that fall about midway between red and blue in hue
c (1) : a mollusk (as of the genus Purpura) yielding a purple dye and especially the Tyrian purple of ancient times
(2) : a pigment or dye that colors purple
2 a : imperial or regal rank or power
b : high rank or station

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First Known Use of purple

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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purple

verb

Definition of purple

purpled; purpling play \ˈpər-p(ə-)liŋ\
: to make purple
: to become purple

First Known Use of purple

15th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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PURPLE Defined for English Language Learners

purple

Definition of purple for English Language Learners

  • : of the color purple

  • : using many fancy words


purple

Definition of purple for English Language Learners

  • : a color that is between red and blue


PURPLE Defined for Kids

purple

noun pur·ple \ ˈpər-pəl \

Definition of purple for Students

: a color between red and blue

Medical Dictionary

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purple

adjective pur·ple \ ˈpər-pəl \

medical Definition of purple

purpler play \-p(ə-)lər\; purplest play \-p(ə-)ləst\
: of the color purple

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purple

noun

medical Definition of purple

1 : any of various colors that fall about midway between red and blue in hue
2 : a pigment or dye that colors purple — see visual purple


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