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Meaning of PURPLE

Pronunciation:  'purpul

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  1. [n]  a chromatic color between red and blue
  2. [n]  of imperial status; "he was born to the purple"
  3. [adj]  of a color midway between red and blue
  4. [adj]  made purple especially as with suffused blood; "empurpled with rage"; "purple with suppressed anger"
  5. [adj]  belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler; "golden age of imperial splendor"; "purple tyrant"; "regal attire"; "treated with royal acclaim"; "the royal carriage of a stag's head"
  6. [adj]  excessively elaborate or showily expressed; "a writer of empurpled literature"; "many purple passages"; "speech embellished with classical quotations"; "an over-embellished story of the fish that got away"
  7. [v]  color purple
  8. [v]  become purple

PURPLE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: chromatic, colored, colorful, coloured, embellished, empurple, empurpled, empurpled, imperial, in color(p), majestic, noble, over-embellished, purpleness, purplish, purpurate, regal, rhetorical, royal, violet
 See Also: chromatic color, chromatic colour, color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize, discolor, discolour, mauve, nobility, noblesse, reddish blue, reddish purple, royal purple, spectral color, spectral colour, violet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pur"ple\, n.; pl. {Purples}. [OE. purpre, pourpre, OF.
    purpre, porpre, pourpre, F. pourpre, L. purpura purple fish,
    purple dye, fr. Gr. ? the purple fish, a shell from the
    purple dye was obtained, purple dye; cf. ? dark (said of the
    sea), purple, ? to grow dark (said of the sea), to be
    troubled; perh. akin to L. furere to rage, E. fury: cf. AS.
    purpure. Cf. {Porphyry}, {Purpure}.]
    1. A color formed by, or resembling that formed by, a
       combination of the primary colors red and blue.
             Arraying with reflected purple and gold The clouds
             that on his western throne attend.    -- Milton.
    Note: The ancient words which are translated purple are
          supposed to have been used for the color we call
          crimson. In the gradations of color as defined in art,
          purple is a mixture of red and blue. When red
          predominates it is called violet, and when blue
          predominates, hyacinth.
    2. Cloth dyed a purple color, or a garment of such color;
       especially, a purple robe, worn as an emblem of rank or
       authority; specifically, the purple rode or mantle worn by
       Roman emperors as the emblem of imperial dignity; as, to
       put on the imperial purple.
             Thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of
             fine twined linen, and purple, and scarlet. --Ex.
                                                   xxvi. 1.
    3. Hence: Imperial sovereignty; royal rank, dignity, or
       favor; loosely and colloquially, any exalted station;
       great wealth. ``He was born in the purple.'' --Gibbon.
    4. A cardinalate. See {Cardinal}.
    5. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of large butterflies, usually
       marked with purple or blue, of the genus {Basilarchia}
       (formerly {Limenitis}) as, the banded purple ({B.
       arthemis}). See Illust. under {Ursula}.
    6. (Zo["o]l.) Any shell of the genus Purpura.
    7. pl.(Med.) See {Purpura}.
    8. pl. A disease of wheat. Same as {Earcockle}.
    Note: Purple is sometimes used in composition, esp. with
          participles forming words of obvious signification; as,
          purple-colored, purple-hued, purple-stained,
          purple-tinged, purple-tinted, and the like.
    {French purple}. (Chem.) Same as {Cudbear}.
    {Purple of Cassius}. See {Cassius}.
    {Purple of mollusca} (Zo["o]l.), a coloring matter derived
       from certain mollusks, which dyes wool, etc., of a purple
       or crimson color, and is supposed to be the substance of
       the famous Tyrian dye. It is obtained from Ianthina, and
       from several species of Purpura, and Murex.
    {To be born in the purple}, to be of princely birth; to be
  2. \Pur"ple\, a.
    1. Exhibiting or possessing the color called purple, much
       esteemed for its richness and beauty; of a deep red, or
       red and blue color; as, a purple robe.
    2. Imperial; regal; -- so called from the color having been
       an emblem of imperial authority.
             Hide in the dust thy purple pride.    --Shelley.
    3. Blood-red; bloody.
             May such purple tears be alway shed.  --Shak.
             I view a field of blood, And Tiber rolling with a
             purple blood.                         --Dryden.
    {Purple bird} (Zo["o]l.), the European purple gallinule. See
       under {Gallinule}.
    {Purple copper ore}. (Min.) See {Bornite}.
    {Purple grackle} (Zo["o]l.), the crow blackbird. See under
    {Purple martin}. See under {Martin}.
    {Purple sandpiper}. See under {Sandpiper}.
    {Purple shell}. See {Ianthina}.
  3. \Pur"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Purpled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To make purple; to dye of purple or deep red color; as, hands
    purpled with blood.
          When morn Purples the east.              --Milton.
          Reclining soft in blissful bowers, Purpled sweet with
          springing flowers.                       -- Fenton.