Purple is a shade that's a mixture of red and blue. If you are eating a grape Popsicle, get ready to spend a while with a purple tongue and lips.

The Greek root of purple is porphyra, which was the name of the shellfish from which purple dye was made. Long ago, only royalty could wear — and afford the dye for — purple clothing. If the setting sun purples the sky, the light is making the horizon appear to be colored purple, just as a bruise purples your skin. Purple prose is a literary term that refers to overly flowery or exaggerated writing.

Definitions of purple
  1. noun
    a purple color or pigment
    synonyms: purpleness
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    a pale purple color
    a moderate purple
    reddish purple, royal purple
    a shade of purple tinged with red
    reddish blue, violet
    a variable color that lies beyond blue in the spectrum
    Tyrian purple
    a vivid purplish-red color
    a blue-violet color
    type of:
    chromatic color, chromatic colour, spectral color, spectral colour
    a color that has hue
  2. noun
    of imperial status
    “he was born to the purple
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    type of:
    nobility, noblesse
    the state of being of noble birth
  3. adjective
    of a color intermediate between red and blue
    synonyms: purplish, violet
    being or having or characterized by hue
  4. adjective
    excessively elaborate or showily expressed
    “many purple passages”
    synonyms: empurpled, over-embellished
    given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought
  5. adjective
    belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler
    purple tyrant”
    synonyms: imperial, majestic, regal, royal
    of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times
  6. verb
    become purple
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    color, colour, discolor, discolour
    change color, often in an undesired manner
  7. verb
    color purple
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