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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Examples of violet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So far, Ford has experimented with a blue to magenta look, as well as hot pink to violet, both of which are pictured above. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "This Nail Artist Makes Butterfly Designs That Magically Change Colors," 21 Jan. 2020 They and their castmates execute spins and jetés with a winning nimbleness on Jason Sherwood’s bare set, its focal point an upstage wall covered in vinyl that glows red or violet in Adam Honoré’s drama-heightening lighting. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘A Chorus Line’ is back, and you’ll enjoy the new spring in its step.," 7 Nov. 2019 From its deep violet red Crayola color to its black cherry and stone fruit flavor, this is a fun wine to drink. oregonlive, "6 Oregon pinot noirs you can buy for $20 or less," 6 Feb. 2020 That dropped as the natural light faded, first leaving a violet ceiling of sky before nightfall arrived, accompanied by alarmingly loud squawks from a flock of seagulls perched on steel railings atop the arena. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Novak Djokovic rallies to win Australian Open," 2 Feb. 2020 That dropped as the natural light faded, first leaving a violet ceiling of sky before nightfall arrived, accompanied by alarmingly loud squawks from a flock of seagulls perched on steel railings atop the arena. Time, "Novak Djokovic Wins 17th Grand Slam Trophy in Australian Open," 2 Feb. 2020 That dropped as the match went on and the natural light faded, first leaving a violet ceiling of sky before nightfall arrived, accompanied by alarmingly loud squawks from a flock of seagulls perched on steel railings atop Rod Laver Arena. Washington Post, "Djokovic tops Thiem for 8th Australian Open title, 17 majors," 2 Feb. 2020 Well, existing solar panels absorb what looks like a lot of the spectrum: from violet light to red light, which is the whole amount visible to the human eye. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "New Molecule Harnesses 50 Percent More Solar Spectrum Than Ever Before," 23 Jan. 2020 The Galactic Gold palette sees Threepio on the packaging with bronze, gold, and shimmery violet shadows inside. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beauty Jedi Pat McGrath is Launching a Star Wars Makeup Collection," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of violet was in the 14th century

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23 Feb 2020

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“Violet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/violet. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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violet

noun
How to pronounce violet (audio)

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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