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Purple meaning

purple - 15 dictionary results

  1. 1. A color formed by, or resembling that formed by, a combination of the primary colors red and blue.
  2. 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.
  3. 3. Hence: Imperial sovereignty; royal rank, dignity, or favor; loosely and colloquially, any exalted station; great wealth.
  4. 4. A cardinalate. See Cardinal.
  5. 5. 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. 6. Any shell of the genus Purpura.
  7. 7. See Purpura.
  8. 8. A disease of wheat. Same as Earcockle.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. Imperial; regal; -- so called from the color having been an emblem of imperial authority.
  11. 11. Blood- red; bloody.
  12. 12. To make purple; to dye of purple or deep red color; as, hands purpled with blood.
  13. 13. Color composed of red and blue; a purple robe.
  14. 14. Of a purple color.
  15. 15. To color purple.

purple - examples of usage

  1. Mr. Hilbery's face turned a curious dull purple. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. In the purple dawn they had left Lowville and the railroad behind and had headed into the hills. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. At last he saw jolly, round, red Mr. Sun drop down to his bed behind the Purple Hills. - "Mrs. Peter Rabbit", Thornton W. Burgess.
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