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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 ?
I wanted the violet silk, but there isn't time to make it over, so I must be contented with my old tarlatan.
The shape of her head and the turn of her neck and bust was peculiarly noble, and the long golden-brown hair that floated like a cloud around it, the deep spiritual gravity of her violet blue eyes, shaded by heavy fringes of golden brown,--all marked her out from other children, and made every one turn and look after her, as she glided hither and thither on the boat.
I'll do a clean, nice one with violet ink and a fine pen.
The place was a wilderness of autumn gold and purple and violet blue and flaming scarlet and on every side were sheaves of late lilies standing together--lilies which were white or white and ruby.
You have only to put faint pencil-marks against the tenderest passages in your favourite new poet, and lend the volume to Her, and She has only to leave here and there the dropped violet of a timid confirmatory initial, for you to know your fate.
Thus talking hand in hand alone they pass'd On to thir blissful Bower; it was a place Chos'n by the sovran Planter, when he fram'd All things to mans delightful use; the roofe Of thickest covert was inwoven shade Laurel and Mirtle, and what higher grew Of firm and fragrant leaf; on either side ACANTHUS, and each odorous bushie shrub Fenc'd up the verdant wall; each beauteous flour, IRIS all hues, Roses, and Gessamin Rear'd high thir flourisht heads between, and wrought Mosaic; underfoot the Violet, Crocus, and Hyacinth with rich inlay Broiderd the ground, more colour'd then with stone Of costliest Emblem: other Creature here Beast, Bird, Insect, or Worm durst enter none; Such was thir awe of man.
Once, when she came into a band of sunlight at a gap in the trees, she made so pretty a figure in her spring dress of violet and white that his eyes kindled as he gazed.
Harry, imagine a girl, hardly seventeen years of age, with a little, flowerlike face, a small Greek head with plaited coils of dark-brown hair, eyes that were violet wells of passion, lips that were like the petals of a rose.
An elegant polished walnut-shell served Thumbelina as a cradle, the blue petals of a violet were her mattress, and a rose-leaf her coverlid.
I presume it is the better part of wisdom that we bow to our fate with as good grace as possible, Dejah Thoris; but I hope, nevertheless, that I may be present the next time that any Martian, green, red, pink, or violet, has the temerity to even so much as frown on you, my princess.
Before the sun dipped below the black mass of Kettleness, standing boldly athwart the western sky, its downward was was marked by myriad clouds of every sunset colour, flame, purple, pink, green, violet, and all the tints of gold, with here and there masses not large, but of seemingly absolute blackness, in all sorts of shapes, as well outlined as colossal silhouettes.
High pieces of furniture, of black violet ebony inlaid with brass, supported upon their wide shelves a great number of books uniformly bound.