ONorthumb. < ME < L. purpura < Gk πορφύρα, Mediterranean shell-fish that yields the Tyrian purple.
- Hazy blue; [fig.] distant; elevated; referring to landscape, high mountains, or the horizon.
- Blue and red; [fig.] life-giving; vital; blood-carrying.
- Tyrian blue; [fig.] imperial; majestic; distinguished; elegant; pertaining to color of the robes of kings and queens.
- Bluish-red; violet; crimson; tinted with deep colors caused by the sunrise or sunset.
- Exotic; mysterious.
- Deeply-colored; floral; lavender; referring to flowers.
- Drowned; bluish in color like the body after death; [fig.] funereal; deathly.
- Ruling; commanding; all-powerful; omnipotent.
- Dark; deep; unfathomable in depth.
- Phrase. “Purple host”: iris flowers; flags, in the botanical sense; [fig.] blood-stained soldiers; bruised battle-worn exhausted army personnel; brave heroic bold soldiers with flags, banners, or pennants.
- Phrase. “purple finger”: shadow; [fig.] violet-colored bloom; lilac, lavender, or gentian blossoms; covering of aster flowers.
see purple, adj.
- Violet; in reddish-blue hues.
purple [-s] n
see purple, adj.
- Crimson hue; mixture of blue and red [used generally of nature or landscape.]
- Violet light; bluish-red color of a sunset or sunrise; [fig.] the rising or setting sun.
- Color of a body at or after death; color of blood or bruises; [fig.] mortal wound; death.
- Color of royalty; majesty; dignity; distinction; elegance; richness; authority; the color of robes for monarchs.
- Royal robe; funeral robe; expensive or exotic cloth tinted with a rich, brightly colored dye; [fig.] exaltation; glory; honor; royalty; nobility.
- Color of spring flowers; deep-hued bloom.
- [Fig.] blood; life; vitality.
- Summit; rocky slope; range; high peak; [fig.] monarch; emperor.