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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Recent Examples on the Web The two dark violet-blue gemstones weighed a total of 33 pounds. Fox News, "Tanzanian miner finds record tanzanite gems, becomes overnight millionaire," 25 June 2020 Made with a sleek, silver metal frame, these lightweight Ray-Ban Aviators have gray-gradient lenses and offer total protection from ultra-violet (UV) rays. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "These Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses are on sale for their lowest price of all time," 23 June 2020 Merrell changed the letters in its logo to red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet for Pride month and added the hashtag #OneTrail. oregonlive, "Top fashion designers show off rainbow clothes, shoes, hats: ‘Pride won’t be canceled’," 16 June 2020 And neighbors dressed their trees in violet ribbons to honor Baker. Dallas News, "In days since Dallas woman’s fatal shooting, loved ones grieving loss of ultimate ‘go-giver’," 7 June 2020 Like the soup cans, the silk screens were often cheerfully multiplied and, like the Marilyns and the Liz Taylors, covered with washes of bright color: blue, red, violet, yellow. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Untangling Andy Warhol," 1 June 2020 The lawn has the pale violet haze of thousands of Crocus tommasinianus, which is the earliest crocus to appear but is still three weeks early. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "An unsettlingly warm winter unlocks flowering treasures," 19 Feb. 2020 The scent is a violet-forward floral fragrance, and the bottle is covered in a folk art print that's full of whimsical forest creatures. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Method Just Released a Limited Edition Hand Soap Collection That Celebrates Women in Design," 10 Feb. 2020 The lacquers will drop in 15 shades, including Slick Flick (earthy red), Shellac Shocked (deep blue-violet), Magic Mirror (nude with gold undertones), and more. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "MAC Is Launching the Lip Lacquer of the Future," 9 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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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Violet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of violet

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


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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