- Chiefly British. eggplant.
- a dark purplish color.
Origin of aubergine
Examples from the Web for aubergine
“Hillary also looked beautiful in that aubergine dress,” he said.Chelsea's Wedding Dress Knockoff
August 2, 2010
All the trappings, including saddle and saddle-cloth, in green and aubergine.
The armour is in green with yellow edgings, belt, &c.; the under-garments in aubergine, and black boots.
Three colours:—green, a curious shade; yellow, varying from pale to bright; aubergine, also varying in tone.
Supported on pedestals fashioned as tree trunks, on which there is a vase in aubergine and a bird in green and white.
The spouts are seen issuing from monster heads, the latter in aubergine, the former in brilliant yellow.
- a tropical Old World solanaceous plant, Solanum melongena, widely cultivated for its egg-shaped typically dark purple fruitUS, Canadian, and Australian name: eggplant
- the fruit of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
- a dark purple colour
- (as adjective)an aubergine dress
Word Origin and History for aubergine
"eggplant," 1794, from French aubergine, "fruit of the eggplant" (Solanum esculentum), diminutive of auberge "a kind of peach," variant of alberge, from Spanish alberchigo "apricot" [OED]. Klein derives the French word from Catalan alberginera, from Arabic al-badinjan "the eggplant," from Persian badin-gan, from Sanskrit vatin-ganah. As a color like that of the eggplant fruit, it is attested from 1895.