- a pale bluish purple.
- a purple dye obtained from aniline, discovered in 1856: the first of the coal-tar dyes.
- of the color of mauve: a mauve dress.
Origin of mauve
Examples from the Web for mauve
The village houses are done up in pale gray and mauve and preside over lawns so neat and green they look like carpeting.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
The opening look combined a light turquoise, slinky evening gown with a mauve headpiece.Gareth Pugh's Sci-Fi Galaxy
September 25, 2013
Wool lace blouses with dolman sleeves topped slim matching skirts in shades of pea green and mauve.Rodarte Channels Australia In Fall Show for New York Fashion Week
February 14, 2012
They were there almost over our heads, sprinkling us with their blue, pink, and mauve drops.My Double Life
Juve showed this sheet of mauve letter paper to his listeners.
She quickly caught sight of a mauve sheet of paper on the blotting-pad.
She set Richard down on the mauve soil and collapsed beside him.Tree, Spare that Woodman
Gradually the blue color faded to mauve and then to a brilliant crimson.Giants on the Earth
Sterner St. Paul Meek
- any of various pale to moderate pinkish-purple or bluish-purple colours
- (as adjective)a mauve flower
- Also called: Perkin's mauve, mauveine (ˈməʊviːn, -vɪn) a reddish-purple aniline dye
Word Origin and History for mauve
purple dye, 1859, from French mauve, from Old French mauve "mallow" (13c.), from Latin malva "mallow;" the dye so called from the color of the mallow plant. Related: Mauvish.