- of a very deep shade of blue or purple.
Origin of perse
1325–75; Middle English pers < Medieval Latin persus, perhaps variant of perseus kind of blue, itself alteration of Latin Persicus Persian
[sin-juh n purs]
- Alexis Saint-Léger Léger, 1887–1975, French diplomat and poet: Nobel Prize in literature 1960.
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Examples from the Web for perse
Circe was the daughter of Sol and Perse, and was celebrated for her skill in magic.Human Animals
Circe was the daughter of Helios (the Sun) by the ocean-nymph Perse.Milton's Comus
It is less than two hundred feet from the gate to Perse's doorsteps.
The Duke of Perse was lying back in the seat, his face like that of a dead man.
At this the Duke of Perse came to his feet again, an angry gleam in his eyes.
- a dark greyish-blue colour
- (as adjective)perse cloth
C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin persus, perhaps changed from Latin Persicus Persian
- Saint-John (ˈsɪndʒən), real name Alexis Saint-Léger . 1887–1975, French poet, born in Guadeloupe. His works include Anabase (1922) and Chronique (1960). Nobel prize for literature 1960
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Word Origin and History for perse
late 14c., "blue, bluish-gray," later "purplish-black," from Old French pers "(dark) blue, livid; wan, pale," from Late Latin persus, perhaps a back-formation from one of the early European forms of Persia.
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