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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 it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
Alice Walker

He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.
Rudyard Kipling

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

Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.
Alice Walker

I won't eat any cereal that doesn't turn the milk purple.
Bill Watterson
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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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