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pur·ple

 (pûr′pəl)
n.
1. Any of a group of colors with a hue between that of violet and red.
2. Cloth of a color between violet and red, formerly worn as a symbol of royalty or high office.
3. Imperial power; high rank: born to the purple.
4. Roman Catholic Church
a. The rank or office of a cardinal.
b. The rank or office of a bishop.
adj.
1. Of the color purple.
2. Royal or imperial; regal.
3. Elaborate and ornate: purple prose.
tr. & intr.v. pur·pled, pur·pling, pur·ples
To make or become purple.

[Middle English purpel, purple, dark crimson, from Old English purpul, from alteration (by dissimilation of the second r to l) of purpure, purple or dark crimson cloth, from Latin purpura, mollusk yielding Tyrian purple, Tyrian purple cloth, purple color, from Greek porphurā, of unknown origin.]
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purple

(ˈpɜːpəl)
n
1. (Colours) any of various colours with a hue lying between red and blue and often highly saturated; a nonspectral colour
2. (Dyeing) a dye or pigment producing such a colour
3. (Textiles) cloth of this colour, often used to symbolize royalty or nobility
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the purple high rank; nobility
5. (Roman Catholic Church)
a. the official robe of a cardinal
b. the rank, office, or authority of a cardinal as signified by this
6. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the purple bishops collectively
adj
7. (Colours) of the colour purple
8. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (of writing) excessively elaborate or full of imagery: purple prose.
9. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) noble or royal
[Old English, from Latin purpura purple dye, from Greek porphura the purple fish (Murex)]
ˈpurpleness n
ˈpurplish adj
ˈpurply adj
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pur•ple

(ˈpɜr pəl)

n., adj. -pler, -plest, n.
1. any color having components of both red and blue, esp. one deep in tone.
2. cloth or clothing of this hue, esp. as formerly worn distinctively by persons of royal or other high rank.
3. the office of a cardinal or bishop.
4. imperial, regal, or princely rank or position.
adj.
5. of the color purple.
6. imperial, regal, or princely.
7. brilliant or showy.
8. full of exaggerated literary devices and effects; marked by excessively ornate rhetoric: purple prose.
9. profane or shocking, as language.
v.t., v.i.
10. to make or become purple.
Idioms:
born to the purple, of royal or exalted birth.
[before 1000; Middle English purpel (n. and adj.), Old English purple (adj.), variant of purpure < Latin purpura kind of shellfish yielding purple dye, the dye, cloth so dyed < Greek porphýra; compare porphyry]
pur′ple•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purple - a purple color or pigmentpurple - a purple color or pigment    
lavender - a pale purple color
mauve - 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
2.purple - of imperial status; "he was born to the purple"
noblesse, nobility - the state of being of noble birth
Verb1.purple - become purple
discolour, discolor, color, colour - change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
2.purple - color purple
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
Adj.1.purple - of a color intermediate between red and blue
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
2.purple - excessively elaborate or showily expressed; "a writer of empurpled literature"; "many purple passages"; "an over-embellished story of the fish that got away"
rhetorical - given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought; "mere rhetorical frippery"
3.purple - belonging to or befitting a supreme rulerpurple - belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler; "golden age of imperial splendor"; "purple tyrant"; "regal attire"; "treated with royal acclaim"; "the royal carriage of a stag's head"
noble - of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times; "of noble birth"
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purple

Shades of purple

amethyst, aubergine, burgundy, carmine, claret, dubonnet, gentian, gentian blue, heather, heliotrope, indigo, lavender, lilac, magenta, mauve, mulberry, pansy, peach-blow, periwinkle, plum, puce, royal purple, Tyrian purple, violet, wine
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Translations
أرْجُوان، أرْجُوانيأُرْجُوَانِي
nachpurpurový
purpurvioletlilla
purpura
purppurasinipunainenvioletti
ljubičast
bíbor
fjólubláfjólublárfjólublár, purpuraliturfjólubláttpurpuralit
紫色の
자줏빛의
ostrumpurpura
purpurinė spalvapurpurinisvioletinė spalvavioletinis
purpurspurpursarkans
movpurpuriuviolet
purpurpurpurový
vijoličen
lila
ที่มีสีม่วง
tím

purple

[ˈpɜːpl]
A. ADJmorado
to go purple (in the face)enrojecer
Purple Heart (US) (Mil) decoración otorgada a los heridos de guerra
purple heart(píldora f de) anfetamina f
purple proseprosa f de estilo inflado
B. N (= colour) → púrpura f, morado m
C. VTpurpurar
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purple

[ˈpɜːrpəl] adj (bluish)violet(te); (reddish)pourprePurple Heart n (US) décoration attribuée aux blessés de guerrepurple patch purple passage nétat m de grâce
She's enjoying a purple patch at the moment → Elle est en état de grâce en ce moment.
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purple

adjviolett, lila; facedunkelrot, hochrot; (pej) prose, passagehochgestochen, hochtrabend; to go purple (in the face)hochrot werden or anlaufen (inf)
n
(= colour)Violett nt, → Lila nt
(fig) the purple (= nobility)der Adel; (= bishops)der Kardinalsstand; to be born to the purplevon königlichem Geblüt sein; to be raised to the purpleden Kardinalspurpur anlegen
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purple

[ˈpɜːpl]
1. adjviola inv
to go purple (in the face) → diventare paonazzo/a, farsi di porpora
2. n (colour) → viola m inv (Rel) the purplela porpora
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purple

(ˈpəːpl) noun, adjective
(of) a dark colour made by mixing blue and red.
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purple

أُرْجُوَانِي purpurový purpur violett πορφυρός morado violetti violet ljubičast viola 紫色の 자줏빛의 paars purpurfarget purpurowy roxo пурпурный lila ที่มีสีม่วง mor tím 紫色的
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pur·ple

n. color púrpura; morado.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

purple

adj morado
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