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purple

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adjective pur·ple \ˈpər-pəl\

Definition of purple

purpler

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purplest

play \-p(ə-)ləst\
  1. 1 :  regal, imperial

  2. 2 :  of the color purple

  3. 3a :  highly rhetorical :  ornateb :  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.

Recent Examples of purple from the Web

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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 pur·ple

Definition of purple

  1. 1a (1) :  cloth dyed purple (2) :  a garment of such color; especially :  a purple robe worn as an emblem of rank or authorityb (1) :  tyrian purple (2) :  any of various colors that fall about midway between red and blue in huec (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. 2a :  imperial or regal rank or powerb :  high rank or station

Recent Examples of purple from the Web

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First Known Use of purple

15th century


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purple

verb pur·ple

Definition of purple

purpled

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purpling

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  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make purple

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become purple

First Known Use of purple

15th century



PURPLE Defined for English Language Learners

purple

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adjective

Definition of purple for English Language Learners

  • : of the color purple

  • : using many fancy words

purple

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Definition of purple for English Language Learners

  • : a color that is between red and blue


PURPLE Defined for Kids

purple

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noun pur·ple \ˈpər-pəl\

Definition of purple for Students

  1. :  a color between red and blue


Medical Dictionary

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purple

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adjective pur·ple \ˈpər-pəl\

Medical Definition of purple

purpler

\-p(ə-)lər\play ;

purplest

\-p(ə-)ləst\play
  1. :  of the color purple


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purple

noun pur·ple

Medical Definition of purple

  1. 1:  any of various colors that fall about midway between red and blue in hue

  2. 2:  a pigment or dye that colors purple—see visual purple



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