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

n a purple color or pigment

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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

n of imperial status

“he was born to the purple
Type of:
nobility, noblesse
the state of being of noble birth

adj of a color intermediate between red and blue

purplish, violet
being or having or characterized by hue

adj excessively elaborate or showily expressed

“many purple passages”
empurpled, over-embellished
given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought

adj belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

purple tyrant”
imperial, majestic, regal, royal
of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times

v become purple

Type of:
color, colour, discolor, discolour
change color, often in an undesired manner

v color purple

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