violet

noun
vi·​o·​let | \ ˈvī-(ə-)lət How to pronounce violet (audio) \

Definition of violet

1a : any of a genus (Viola of the family Violaceae, the violet family) of chiefly herbs with alternate stipulate leaves and showy flowers in spring and often cleistogamous flowers in summer especially : one with smaller usually solid-colored flowers as distinguished from the usually larger-flowered violas and pansies
b : any of several plants of genera other than that of the violet — compare dogtooth violet
2 : any of a group of colors of reddish-blue hue, low lightness, and medium saturation

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There really is quite a selection of plants that will work in your situation: sweet woodruff, hostas, ferns, bleeding heart, rhododendron, hydrangea, wild geranium, violets, trillium, hardy cyclamen. oregonlive.com, "Tips for success when planting under conifer and maple trees? Ask an expert," 8 June 2019 Eunji says that people are taking the trend up a notch by adding a metallic effect to their ash hair colors, and violet, lavender, and gray are the most popular color selections for this look. 2. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Top Hair-Color Trends in South Korea for 2019, According to Seoul's Biggest Hairstylists," 4 May 2019 My grandmother had sweet violets growing in her front lawn as well as rose bushes that reached 10 feet tall with hundreds of blooms on each bush. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How One Celebrity Florist Brings Flowers into the Home for Spring," 19 Mar. 2019 Stuff your children's candy and trinkets in violet plastic Easter eggs, then deck out their baskets with a personalized purple liner. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "The Real Meaning Behind the Colors of Easter," 8 Mar. 2019 The aristocratic spritz dries down to a bouquet of tuberose, violet, iris, and Bulgarian rose. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "6 Royal-Worn Perfumes That Are Fit for Non-Princesses Too," 30 Mar. 2019 The Only One, which packs bold and spicy notes of coffee, violet, and citrus. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Emilia Clarke on What Makes Her Feel the Most Beautiful," 28 Mar. 2019 For spring, the Mulleavys looked to fairytale-worthy dresses done in a range of hues from reds to pinks, blues, and even striking shades of fuchsia and violet. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rodarte Staged a Stunning New York Fashion Week Return in the Rain," 10 Sep. 2018 But for Garcia, it’s more about sensual strokes of scarlet, violet, and cobalt; wallpapers and bathtubs edged in gold; and an aviary of faux birds, from parakeets to peacocks. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Jacques Garcia Turned an Old Church into London's Hottest Hotel," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of violet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for violet

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, from viole "the violet flower" (going back to Latin viola "any of various spring flowers, as Viola odorata," derivative of a base vi- of Mediterranean substratal origin, as also Greek íon "the color violet") + -et -et entry 1

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violet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of violet

: a plant that has small bluish-purple or white flowers
: a bluish-purple color

violet

noun
vi·​o·​let | \ ˈvī-ə-lət How to pronounce violet (audio) \

Kids Definition of violet

1 : a wild or garden plant related to the pansies that has small often fragrant white, blue, purple, or yellow flowers
2 : a bluish purple

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