• I'll give you my beautiful little Purple Shoes
    I'll give you my beautiful little Purple Shoes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj purple of a color intermediate between red and blue
    • adj purple 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"
    • adj purple excessively elaborate or showily expressed "a writer of empurpled literature","many purple passages","an over-embellished story of the fish that got away"
    • v purple color purple
    • v purple become purple
    • n purple a purple color or pigment
    • n purple of imperial status "he was born to the purple"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Asparagus comes in three colors: green, white and purple
    • Purple A cardinalate. See Cardinal.
    • Purple A color formed by, or resembling that formed by, a combination of the primary colors red and blue. "Arraying with reflected purple and gold
      The clouds that on his western throne attend."
    • Purple A disease of wheat. Same as Earcockle.
    • Purple (Zoöl) Any shell of the genus Purpura.
    • Purple (Zoöl) Any species of large butterflies, usually marked with purple or blue, of the genus Basilarchiaformerly Limenitis as, the banded purple Basilarchia arthemis). See Illust. under Ursula.
    • Purple Blood-red; bloody. "May such purple tears be alway shed.""I view a field of blood,
      And Tiber rolling with a purple blood."
    • Purple 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 . "Thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and purple , and scarlet."
    • Purple 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.
    • Purple Hence: Imperial sovereignty; royal rank, dignity, or favor; loosely and colloquially, any exalted station; great wealth. "He was born in the purple ."
    • Purple Imperial; regal; -- so called from the color having been an emblem of imperial authority. "Hide in the dust thy purple pride."
    • Purple (Med) See Purpura.
    • v. t Purple To make purple; to dye of purple or deep red color; as, hands purpled with blood. "When morn Purples the east.""Reclining soft in blissful bowers, Purpled sweet with springing flowers."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Before the 17th century, carrots used to be the colour purple
    • n purple A color formed by the mixture of blue and red, including the violet of the spectrum above wave-length 0.417 micron, which is nearly a violet-blue, and extending to but not including crimson. The following color-disk formula; will serve to identify several purples. The red used is the most intense procurable, so that mixed with 7 per cent, of blue it gives a good carmine.
    • n purple Of the various colors called purple at any time, the Tyrian dye (which was properly a crimson) was anciently the most celebrated. This color was produced from an animal juice found in a shell-fish called murex or conchylium by the ancients. See Purpura, 2.
    • n purple A cloth robe, dress, or mantle of this hue, formerly the distinguishing dress of emperors, kings, or princes: as, to wear the purple.
    • n purple Hence Imperial or regal power; the office or dignity of an emperor or king.
    • n purple A cardinalate: so called in allusion to the red or scarlet hat and robes worn officially by cardinals.
    • n purple A gastropod yielding a purple fluid for dyeing, as a murex. Holland, tr. of Pliny.
    • n purple A shell of the genus Purpura.
    • n purple A purple fluid secreted by certain shell-fish, more fully called purple of Mollusca.
    • n purple plural See purples.
    • purple Of a hue or color composed of red and blue blended.
    • purple Imperial; regal; of the conventional color of imperial robes.
    • purple See Patersonia.
    • purple To tinge or stain with purple; impart a purplish hue to.
    • purple To become purple; assume a purplish hue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange,silver or purple
    • n Purple pur′pl a very dark-red colour formed by the mixture of blue and red: a purple dress or robe, originally worn only by royalty: a robe of honour: the dignity of a king or emperor: a cardinalate, so called from the red hat and robes worn by cardinals
    • adj Purple red tinged with blue: blood-red: bloody
    • v.t Purple to dye purple: to clothe with purple
    • v.i Purple to become purple in colour
    • ***


  • (Frank) Gelett Burgess
    (Frank) Gelett Burgess
    “Ah, yes, I wrote the Purple Cow -- I'm sorry, now, I wrote it! But I can tell you, anyhow, I'll kill you if you quote it.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
    “He wrapped himself in quotations -- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.”


Born to the purple - Someone who is born to the purple is born in a royal or aristocratic family. ("Born in the purple" is also used.)
Purple patch - A purple patch is a period of time when someone or something is successful and doing well.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

For a few moments he indulged his old joy in range and mountain, stretching, rising on his right, away into the purple distance.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
She had opened her locket, in which were a number of small, dark-purple crystals.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
The next day, a big swordfish, with a ragged purple fin, took my bait right astern of the boat and sounded deep.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
A shadowed sea, deep purple in the night down there.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Mr. Donovan took from his pocket a large purple handkerchief.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
A messenger in a purple robe received the guest at the gate and led him into a hall of surpassing splendor.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
They nest in colonies in marshes and swamps, building their nests like those of the Purple Gallinule.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Tyrian purple dye was greatly prized by the Phoenicians.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
Whether the white and purple figures watching you from yonder hill think so is another question.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Carnes cried out as he saw huge purple welts on it.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various

In poetry:

For one, the trodden rosemary and rue;
The bowl, dipt ever in the purple stream
And, for the other one, a fairer due-
Sleep, and no dream.
"Vers Demode" by Dorothy Parker
Then as the purple twilight came
And touched the vines along our eaves,
Another Shadow stood without
And gloomed the dancing of the leaves.
"The Eavesdropper" by Bliss William Carman
At purple eyes beside the rim
Of frozen lakes our loves we burned,
And slid away when stillness reigned:
Deep the vast woods our bodies urned.
"The Ghosts of Revellers" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
The hills remain; they lift their brows
Against the splendour of the skies;
The dawn a paler crimson grows,
Each night the purple sunlight dies.
"The Hills Remain" by Alexander Anderson
To stillness hush'd the purple wave
Reflects the cloudless heav'n above;
And not a sound floats o'er it, save
Sweet music from the lips of love;
"Venice" by Eliza Acton
When every star that glittered was a mark
For Treason's ball, and every rippling bar
Of red and white was sullied with the dark
And purple stain of war:
"The Silent Victors" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

We don't know if they come in different colors, but would you choose red, purple, green, yellow, blue, or orange.
Her childhood friend, guitarist Wendy Melvoin, was also 19 when she joined Prince in 1983 for Purple Rain.
Dozens of workers, including those who enjoy being paid in wine, snip thousands of grapes in a sea of purple and green.
Of Maryland, MTA hash out purple line placement.
Obama spoke on children's health care wearing a black cardigan and coordinating purple and black print skirt, both from Michael Kors.
Musical version of 'The Color Purple' amazes with powerhouse performances, superb music.
Miller (Celie), Felicia P Fields (Sofia) and Lesly Terrell Donald (Buster) star in a scene from the first national tour of "The Color Purple".
David Coverdale's quiet and shy beginnings with Deep Purple were nothing of the sort.
I have wrestled for years with the issue of the purple house.
K-State fan brings purple- hued sex appeal to sports betting world.
On Rachel's Legacy, the fiscal cliff, free college applications, the Purple, and music award shows.
Purple corn drink is not in my wheelhouse.
I believe Mr Robert Towers when he says he wasn't responsible for my latest novel, The Terrible Twos, being reviewed with Ms Alice Walker's The Color Purple.
Scads of beachgoing photographers were snapping shots at sunset on Saturday at the shoreline in Waikiki, but few noticed the picturesque orange- and purple-tinted clouds above glistening waves.
It comes in red, green, yellow, purple and even blue.

In science:

The purple vertical bar is the cut off for the test statistic T at the 5% false positive rate calculated via the volume-of-tube formula (Eq. with d = 1).
A New Technique for Finding Needles in Haystacks: A Geometric Approach to Distinguishing Between a New Source and Random Fluctuations
Consider a single cell containing a single pseudoparticle (red) with weight wt = n and a single pseudoparticle (purple) with weight wi = m, where n > m (see Fig. 8.1).
Gamma-Ray Bursts, Collisionless Shocks and Synthetic Spectra
We first select the red particle as the target, since n > m, and the purple as the incident particle.
Gamma-Ray Bursts, Collisionless Shocks and Synthetic Spectra
In this figure the two solid purple lines correspond to the VMC (impulse and total) values, the green squares (red circles) are extrapolated GFMC impulse (total) propagations and the solid green (red) lines starting at τ =0.1 MeV−1 are the final GFMC averages with dashed lines to denote the Monte Carlo error.
Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of magnetic moments and M1 transitions in A<=7 nuclei including meson-exchange currents
VMC values (purple lines) and averaged GFMC values (lines with error bars) are also shown.
Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of magnetic moments and M1 transitions in A<=7 nuclei including meson-exchange currents