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[oh-ber-zheen, -jeen, oh-ber-; oh-ber-zheen, -jeen, oh-ber-] /ˈoʊ bərˌʒin, -ˌdʒin, ˈoʊ bɛr-; ˌoʊ bərˈʒin, -ˈdʒin, ˌoʊ bɛr-/
Chiefly British. eggplant.
a dark purplish color.
Origin of aubergine
1785-95; < French < Catalan albargínia < Arabic al the + bādhinjān eggplant < Persian bādingān perhaps < Indo-Aryan; compare Sanskrit vātiṅgaṇaḥ Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All the trappings, including saddle and saddle-cloth, in green and aubergine.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • The armour is in green with yellow edgings, belt, &c.; the under-garments in aubergine, and black boots.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • Three colours:—green, a curious shade; yellow, varying from pale to bright; aubergine, also varying in tone.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • Supported on pedestals fashioned as tree trunks, on which there is a vase in aubergine and a bird in green and white.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • The spouts are seen issuing from monster heads, the latter in aubergine, the former in brilliant yellow.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • The covers reticulated with design of hawthorn and branches; the stems in aubergine on green and rouge de fer.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • The handles are formed as dolphins; the head of each is in aubergine, the back in rouge de fer, and the body in yellow.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • Near the base is the figure of a man ploughing the rice field, with a water buffalo, in aubergine and yellow.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • A gold base deeply chiselled in wave-diaper and overrun with a paste of aubergine purple is the most pleasing.

British Dictionary definitions for aubergine


a tropical Old World solanaceous plant, Solanum melongena, widely cultivated for its egg-shaped typically dark purple fruit US, Canadian, and Australian name eggplant
the fruit of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
  1. a dark purple colour
  2. (as adjective): an aubergine dress
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Catalan alberginia, from Arabic al-bādindjān, ultimately from Sanskrit vatin-ganah, of obscure origin
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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