Definitions of purple

  1. To give a purple color to.
  2. To dye purple: to clothe with purple.
  3. To color purple.
  4. To become purple.
  5. To make or dye purple; to adorn with purple.
  6. To make or dye purple; to clothe with purple.
  7. of imperial status; " he was born to the purple"
  8. A color resulting from a mixture of red and blue: the robe of this color formerly worn by royalty; hence, royal power or dignity; also, great wealth or high rank; as, born to the purple.
  9. A very dark- red color: a purple dress or robe, orig. worn only by royalty: a robe of honor.
  10. Color composed of red and blue; a purple robe.
  11. A color of mingled red and blue.
  12. Royal dignity; rank; wealth.
  13. The office of a cardinal.
  14. A purple colour; a purple dress; the imperial government of Rome; a cardinalate.
  15. The colour formed by blending red and blue; a purple dress or robe, worn exclusively by the Roman emperors- hence, imperial power.
  16. of a color midway between red and blue
  17. A color formed by, or resembling that formed by, a combination of the primary colors red and blue.
  18. 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.
  19. Hence: Imperial sovereignty; royal rank, dignity, or favor; loosely and colloquially, any exalted station; great wealth.
  20. A cardinalate. See Cardinal.
  21. Any species of large butterflies, usually marked with purple or blue, of the genus Basilarchia ( formerly Limenitis) as, the banded purple ( B. arthemis). See Illust. under Ursula.
  22. Any shell of the genus Purpura.
  23. A disease of wheat. Same as Earcockle.
  24. 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.
  25. Imperial; regal; -- so called from the color having been an emblem of imperial authority.
  26. To make purple; to dye of purple or deep red color; as, hands purpled with blood.
  27. Of the color of blended blue and red.
  28. Red tinged with blue: blood- red: bloody.
  29. Of a purple color.
  30. Of the colour of red and blue blended; red or livid; dyed with blood.
  31. Red or livid; dyed with blood.