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royal purple

noun
1.
a deep bluish purple.
Origin of royal purple
1655-1665
First recorded in 1655-65
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  • The pity of it was that the accident of birth should have robed him in the royal purple.

  • Mamma was gorgeous to behold, in royal purple and black lace.

    Shawl-Straps Louisa M. Alcott
  • Its neck is resplendent in gold and green with royal purple intermixed.

  • She wore a greasy animal hide as though it were royal purple.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • In the full sunlight, at times, it became almost a royal purple.

    The Seeker

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • She was clad in a shift of spotless linen, and above her snowy kirtle was set a mantle of royal purple, clasped upon her breast.

  • Can the royal purple and burning flames of genius ever float upon the immaculate azure of woman's destiny?

    Life of Chopin Franz Liszt
  • I wish I could give some impression of the extraordinary strength and speed of this royal purple fish of the sea.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • It may serve to give some faint idea of the bewildering possibilities in the pursuit of this royal purple game of the Pacific.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for royal purple

royal purple

noun
1.
  1. a deep reddish-purple colour, sometimes approaching a strong violet
  2. (as adjective): a royal-purple dress
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