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 pansiesb : 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
Recent Examples of violet from the Web
Come at the city by boat, off the deep blue of the Gulf Stream and into the robin’s-egg and violet waters of the port, and a spell – part intrigue, part eyeful – is spontaneously cast.
It is well stocked with various pitcher plants, bog orchids, violets, gentians, sundews and flytraps.
Purple plants and flowers on display with a collection of modern and abstract sculpture pieces all created in shades of violet, lavender and purple.
With a surface area of 83,994 ha and a population of 184,253, this biosphere reserve is home to endemic species such as the Usambara eagle owl, the Usambara weaver and the African violet.
The layers of violet rising from its crown make clear its volatile energy.
Mr. El Moussa and Ms. El Moussa, who remain friendly, aren’t shrinking violets.
The forest floor was alive with bursts of wildflowers: purple wild geraniums and violet shooting stars and red trilliums.
Roses are red, violets are blue, America is full of racists, what else is new?
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Origin and Etymology of violet
Middle English, from Anglo-French violete, diminutive of viole violet, from Latin viola
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
VIOLET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of violet for English Language Learners
: a plant that has small bluish-purple or white flowers
: a bluish-purple color
VIOLET Defined for Kids
Definition of violet for Students
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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