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vi·o·let

 (vī′ə-lĭt)
n.
1.
a. Any of various low-growing herbs of the genus Viola, having short-spurred, irregular flowers that are characteristically purplish-blue but sometimes yellow or white.
b. Any of several similar plants, such as an African violet.
2. The hue of the short-wave end of the visible spectrum, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 380 to 420 nanometers; any of a group of colors, reddish-blue in hue, that may vary in lightness and saturation.

[Middle English, from Old French violete, diminutive of viole, from Latin viola; see viola2.]

violet

(ˈvaɪəlɪt)
n
1. (Plants) any of various temperate perennial herbaceous plants of the violaceous genus Viola, such as V. odorata (sweet (or garden) violet), typically having mauve or bluish flowers with irregular showy petals
2. (Plants) any other plant of the genus Viola, such as the wild pansy
3. (Plants) any of various similar but unrelated plants, such as the African violet
4. (Colours)
a. any of a group of colours that vary in saturation but have the same purplish-blue hue. They lie at one end of the visible spectrum, next to blue; approximate wavelength range 445–390 nanometres
b. (as adjective): a violet dress.
5. (Dyeing) a dye or pigment of or producing these colours
6. (Clothing & Fashion) violet clothing: dressed in violet.
7. shrinking violet informal a shy person
[C14: from Old French violete a little violet, from viole, from Latin viola violet]
ˈviolet-ˌlike adj

vi•o•let

(ˈvaɪ ə lɪt)

n.
1. any chiefly low, stemless or leafy-stemmed plant of the genus Viola, of the violet family, having purple, blue, yellow, white, or variegated flowers.
2. any of various other plants, as the dogtooth violet or the African violet.
3. the flower of any native, wild species of violet, as distinguished from the cultivated pansy: the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
4. a reddish blue color at the opposite end of the visible spectrum from red, an effect of light with a wavelength between 400 and 450 nm.
adj.
5. of the color violet; reddish blue.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old French violete=viole (< Latin viola violet) + -ete -et]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.violet - any of numerous low-growing violas with small flowersviolet - any of numerous low-growing violas with small flowers
viola - any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola
American dog violet, Viola conspersa - violet of eastern North America having pale violet to white flowers
sweet white violet, Viola blanda, white violet, woodland white violet - short-stemmed violet of eastern North America having fragrant purple-veined white flowers
Canada violet, tall white violet, Viola canadensis, white violet - tall North American perennial with heart-shaped leaves and white flowers with purple streaks
dog violet, heath violet, Viola canina - Old World leafy-stemmed blue-flowered violet
two-eyed violet, Viola ocellata, heartsease - violet of Pacific coast of North America having white petals tinged with yellow and deep violet
English violet, garden violet, sweet violet, Viola odorata - European violet typically having purple to white flowers; widely naturalized
bird's-foot violet, pansy violet, Viola pedata, wood violet, Johnny-jump-up - common violet of the eastern United States with large pale blue or purple flowers resembling pansies
downy yellow violet, Viola pubescens - violet of eastern North America having softly pubescent leaves and stems and clear yellow flowers with brown-purple veins
long-spurred violet, Viola rostrata - violet of eastern North America having lilac-purple flowers with a long slender spur
cream violet, pale violet, striped violet, Viola striata - leafy-stemmed violet of eastern North America having large white or creamy flowers faintly marked with purple
hedge violet, Viola reichenbachiana, Viola sylvatica, wood violet - common European violet that grows in woods and hedgerows
2.violet - a variable color that lies beyond blue in the spectrumviolet - a variable color that lies beyond blue in the spectrum
purple, purpleness - a purple color or pigment
indigo - a blue-violet color
Adj.1.violet - of a color intermediate between red and blue
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
Translations
بَنَفْسَجيزَهْرَة البَنَفْسَج
fialovýviolka
violviolet
Orvokki
ibolya
fjólafjólublár
žibuoklė
vijolītevioleta krāsaviolets
fialka
vijolicavijolična
menekşemenekşe rengi

violet

[ˈvaɪəlɪt]
A. N
1. (Bot) → violeta f
2. (= colour) → violado m, violeta f
B. ADJviolado, violeta
violet colour; violet color (US) → color m violeta

violet

[ˈvaɪəlɪt]
adjviolet(te)
n
(= colour) → violet m
(= plant) → violette f

violet

n (Bot) → Veilchen nt; (= colour)Violett nt
adjviolett

violet

[ˈvaɪəlɪt]
1. n (Bot) → violetta; (colour) → violetto
2. adjvioletto/a

violet

(ˈvaiəlit) noun
1. a kind of small bluish-purple flower.
2. (also adjective) (of) a bluish-purple colour.

vi·o·let

n. color violeta;
a. violeta.
References in classic literature ?
Through the crowd there came a little form, a wreath of pure white violets lay among the bright locks that fell so softly round the gentle face, where a deep blush glowed, as, kneeling at the throne, little Violet said:--
For March, there come violets, specially the single blue, which are the earliest; the yellow daffodil; the daisy; the almond-tree in blossom; the peach-tree in blossom; the cornelian-tree in blossom; sweet-briar.
Come and look for violets with me in the spinney, and let us talk of the houses we are going to build, and the dreams we shall dream in them.
He only stopped once, to pick her some great blue violets.
Do you know, I found a cluster of white violets under that old twisted tree over there today?
When we went into the garden I saw in one corner of it an old stone bench arched over by a couple of pear trees and all grown about with grass and violets.
The elder child was a little girl, whom, because she was of a tender and modest disposition, and was thought to be very beautiful, her parents, and other people who were familiar with her, used to call Violet.
The lady known as Mademoiselle Violet paused and looked around her.
And, just as he rounded the angle of the house, he came upon Violet, taking the air like himself.
SOUTH of the armory of Westminster Palace lay the gardens, and here, on the third day following the King's affront to De Vac, might have been a seen a blackhaired woman gowned in a violet cyclas, richly embroidered with gold about the yoke and at the bottom of the loose-pointed sleeves, which reached almost to the similar bordering on the lower hem of the garment.
Now Doubt - now Pain Come never again, For her soul gives me sigh for sigh, And all day long Shines, bright and strong, Astarté within the sky, While ever to her dear Eulalie upturns her matron eye - While ever to her young Eulalie upturns her violet eye.
She was clad in flowing, fluffy robes of soft material that reminded Dorothy of woven cobwebs, only it was colored in soft tintings of violet, rose, topaz, olive, azure, and white, mingled together most harmoniously in stripes which melted one into the other with soft blendings.