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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. a purple color or pigment;
[syn: purple, purpleness]

2. of imperial status;
- Example: "he was born to the purple"

VERB (2)

1. become purple;

2. color purple;
[syn: purple, empurple, purpurate]


1. of a color intermediate between red and blue;
[syn: purple, violet, purplish]

2. excessively elaborate or showily expressed;
- Example: "a writer of empurpled literature"
- Example: "many purple passages"
- Example: "an over-embellished story of the fish that got away"
[syn: empurpled, over-embellished, purple]

3. belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler;
- Example: "golden age of imperial splendor"
- Example: "purple tyrant"
- Example: "regal attire"
- Example: "treated with royal acclaim"
- Example: "the royal carriage of a stag's head"
[syn: imperial, majestic, purple, regal, royal]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Purple \Pur"ple\, n.; pl. Purples. [OE. purpre, pourpre, OF. purpre, porpre, pourpre, F. pourpre, L. purpura purple fish, purple dye, fr. Gr. ? the purple fish, a shell from the purple dye was obtained, purple dye; cf. ? dark (said of the sea), purple, ? to grow dark (said of the sea), to be troubled; perh. akin to L. furere to rage, E. fury: cf. AS. purpure. Cf. Porphyry, Purpure.] 1. A color formed by, or resembling that formed by, a combination of the primary colors red and blue. [1913 Webster] Arraying with reflected purple and gold The clouds that on his western throne attend. -- Milton. [1913 Webster] Note: The ancient words which are translated purple are supposed to have been used for the color we call crimson. In the gradations of color as defined in art, purple is a mixture of red and blue. When red predominates it is called violet, and when blue predominates, hyacinth. [1913 Webster] 2. Cloth dyed a purple color, or a garment of such color; especially, a purple robe, worn as an emblem of rank or authority; specifically, the purple rode or mantle worn by Roman emperors as the emblem of imperial dignity; as, to put on the imperial purple. [1913 Webster] Thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and purple, and scarlet. --Ex. xxvi. 1. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence: Imperial sovereignty; royal rank, dignity, or favor; loosely and colloquially, any exalted station; great wealth. "He was born in the purple." --Gibbon. [1913 Webster] 4. A cardinalate. See Cardinal. [1913 Webster] 5. (Zool.) Any species of large butterflies, usually marked with purple or blue, of the genus Basilarchia (formerly Limenitis) as, the banded purple (Basilarchia arthemis). See Illust. under Ursula. [1913 Webster] 6. (Zool.) Any shell of the genus Purpura. [1913 Webster] 7. pl.(Med.) See Purpura. [1913 Webster] 8. pl. A disease of wheat. Same as Earcockle. [1913 Webster] Note: Purple is sometimes used in composition, esp. with participles forming words of obvious signification; as, purple-colored, purple-hued, purple-stained, purple-tinged, purple-tinted, and the like. [1913 Webster] French purple. (Chem.) Same as Cudbear. Purple of Cassius. See Cassius. Purple of mollusca (Zool.), a coloring matter derived from certain mollusks, which dyes wool, etc., of a purple or crimson color, and is supposed to be the substance of the famous Tyrian dye. It is obtained from Ianthina, and from several species of Purpura, and Murex. To be born in the purple, to be of princely birth; to be highborn. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Purple \Pur"ple\, a. 1. Exhibiting or possessing the color called purple, much esteemed for its richness and beauty; of a deep red, or red and blue color; as, a purple robe. [1913 Webster] 2. Imperial; regal; -- so called from the color having been an emblem of imperial authority. [1913 Webster] Hide in the dust thy purple pride. --Shelley. [1913 Webster] 3. Blood-red; bloody. [1913 Webster] May such purple tears be alway shed. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I view a field of blood, And Tiber rolling with a purple blood. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Purple bird (Zool.), the European purple gallinule. See under Gallinule. Purple copper ore. (Min.) See Bornite. Purple grackle (Zool.), the crow blackbird. See under Crow. Purple martin. See under Martin. Purple sandpiper. See under Sandpiper. Purple shell. See Ianthina. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Purple \Pur"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purpled; p. pr. & vb. n. Purpling.] To make purple; to dye of purple or deep red color; as, hands purpled with blood. [1913 Webster] When morn Purples the east. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Reclining soft in blissful bowers, Purpled sweet with springing flowers. -- Fenton. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

purple adj 1: of a color intermediate between red and blue [syn: purple, violet, purplish] 2: excessively elaborate or showily expressed; "a writer of empurpled literature"; "many purple passages"; "an over- embellished story of the fish that got away" [syn: empurpled, over-embellished, purple] 3: 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" [syn: imperial, majestic, purple, regal, royal] n 1: a purple color or pigment [syn: purple, purpleness] 2: of imperial status; "he was born to the purple" v 1: become purple 2: color purple [syn: purple, empurple, purpurate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

119 Moby Thesaurus words for "purple": Mars violet, Tyrian purple, adorned, amethyst, amethystine, befrilled, blue, bombastic, broad, cap of dignity, cap of maintenance, clematis, colored, coronet, crown, dahlia, damson, decorated, diadem, dynastic, embellished, embroidered, ermine, fancy, festooned, figurative, figured, florid, flowery, fuchsia, grape, great seal, heliotrope, high-flown, hyacinth, imperatorial, imperatorious, imperial, imperial purple, imperious, kinglike, kingly, lavender, lilac, livid, lividity, lividness, lush, luxuriant, magenta, majestic, mallow, mauve, monarchal, monarchial, monarchic, monsignor, mulberry, off-color, orb, orchid, ornate, overblown, overcharged, overloaded, pansy, pansy violet, pansy-purple, plum, plum-colored, plum-purple, pompous, pontiff purple, princelike, princely, privy seal, purple pall, purpleness, purplescent, purpliness, purplish, purplishness, purply, purpurate, purpure, purpureal, purpurean, purpureous, queenlike, queenly, racy, raisin-colored, regal, regal purple, regalia, robe of state, rod, rod of empire, royal, royal crown, royal purple, salty, scepter, seal, shady, signet, solferino, sovereign, spicy, stilted, suggestive, tiara, triple plume, turgid, uraeus, violaceous, violet, wicked, wine purple