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 Pretty violet notes on the nose and a mixture of wild blackberries and bright red cherries with a hint of crushed rocks in the background. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 1 May 2022 While Weatherford’s paintings often feature swirls of color, the Marsyas works — on view through Nov. 27 — are shadowy and somber, with dominant tones of black, gray, violet and silver. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 There’s plenty of wild rose and violet, and the addition of amber and vanilla bean strays from the typical floral composition. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 What had once perhaps been the house’s den was bathed in violet light and outfitted with speakers. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 The dynamic heart notes of sage, white pepper, and violet leaf blend with bright hints of ginger, lemon, and bergamot to captivate the senses. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Under the agreement, Bios has exclusive access to the violet light technology. Brooks Sutherland, The Enquirer, 7 Apr. 2022 Matte dark violet and fuchsia eye shadows were smoked out on her lids and lower lash line, and a sparkly pink shade was painted onto her lids. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 3 Apr. 2022 Kwiat explains that green is among the rarest of colored diamonds along with violet, red, or orange. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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6 May 2022

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“Violet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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