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Definition of Purple


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

Purple Quotations

I think 'The Color Purple' is so bursting with love, the need for connection, the showing of the need for connection around the globe.
Alice Walker

I like playing for the purple and gold. This is where I want to finish up.
Kobe Bryant

For my birthday this year, my girlfriends - who knew I'd just inherited my dad's turntable - gave me a carton of albums like 'Blue Kentucky Girl,' by Emmylou Harris, and 'Off the Wall,' by Michael Jackson. It's all stuff we grew up with. I mean, you can't have a music collection without Prince's 'Purple Rain' - it just can't be done!
Connie Britton

Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
Regina Brett

God tells us not to judge one another, no matter what anyone's sexual preferences are or if they're black, brown or purple.
Dolly Parton
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Purple Translations

purple in Dutch is purperen
purple in German is lila, Purpur
purple in Italian is lilla
purple in Latin is puniceus
purple in Norwegian is lilla, purpur
purple in Portuguese is roxo
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