Roses are red, violets are blue...actually, violets are closer to purple — but purple doesn't rhyme with anything. The word violet can refer either to a purplish-blue color or to the tiny flower of that color.

On the color spectrum, violet is a variation on purple that sits a bit closer to blue than red. The color violet comes from the flower name, which is rooted in the Latin viola. The violet is a plant with small flowers that vary in color from pale violet to dark blue, as well as white. If you're coloring violets in a coloring book, you can choose the violet crayon!

Definitions of violet
  1. noun
    a variable color that lies beyond blue in the spectrum
    synonyms: reddish blue
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    a blue-violet color
    type of:
    purple, purpleness
    a purple color or pigment
  2. noun
    any of numerous low-growing violas with small flowers
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    American dog violet, Viola conspersa
    violet of eastern North America having pale violet to white flowers
    Viola blanda, sweet white violet, white violet, woodland white violet
    short-stemmed violet of eastern North America having fragrant purple-veined white flowers
    Canada violet, Viola canadensis, tall white violet, white violet
    tall North American perennial with heart-shaped leaves and white flowers with purple streaks
    Viola canina, dog violet, heath violet
    Old World leafy-stemmed blue-flowered violet
    Viola ocellata, heartsease, two-eyed violet
    violet of Pacific coast of North America having white petals tinged with yellow and deep violet
    English violet, Viola odorata, garden violet, sweet violet
    European violet typically having purple to white flowers; widely naturalized
    Johnny-jump-up, Viola pedata, bird's-foot violet, pansy violet, wood violet
    common violet of the eastern United States with large pale blue or purple flowers resembling pansies
    Viola pubescens, downy yellow violet
    violet of eastern North America having softly pubescent leaves and stems and clear yellow flowers with brown-purple veins
    Viola rostrata, long-spurred violet
    violet of eastern North America having lilac-purple flowers with a long slender spur
    Viola striata, cream violet, pale violet, striped violet
    leafy-stemmed violet of eastern North America having large white or creamy flowers faintly marked with purple
    Viola reichenbachiana, Viola sylvatica, hedge violet, wood violet
    common European violet that grows in woods and hedgerows
    type of:
    any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola
  3. adjective
    of a color intermediate between red and blue
    synonyms: purple, purplish
    being or having or characterized by hue
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