- any chiefly low, stemless or leafy-stemmed plant of the genus Viola, having purple, blue, yellow, white, or variegated flowers.Compare violet family.
- any such plant except the pansy and the viola.
- the flower of any native, wild species of violet, as distinguished from the pansy: the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
- any of various similar plants of other genera.
- reddish-blue, a color at the opposite end of the visible spectrum from red, an effect of light with a wavelength between 400 and 450 nm.
- of the color violet; reddish-blue: violet hats.
Origin of violet
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for violet
The odd (though beautiful) pair here is Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who were a hit on the vaudeville circuit.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More
September 11, 2014
Sutton Foster abandoned her usual perky personna to play scared and scarred in Violet, and voters may reward her effort.Who Will Win the Tony Awards?
June 7, 2014
Streep plays Violet Weston, a woman unraveled after her husband's suicide.Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Finally Collide in ‘August: Osage County’
December 24, 2013
Not titillating sex, but, as Lulu and Violet both discover, the business of sex.
Instead, Violet is kidnapped and solid to a rival courtesan house, where she is trained by an older courtesan named Magic Gourd.
Mary regarded the owner of the store with grave questioning in her violet eyes.
Then she looked up at the lawyer, and there were new lusters in the violet eyes.
The rising of the stars, or the opening of a violet; each fact was a surprise to her.The Dream
Then the snowdrop sang a lullaby about the moss that loved the violet.
A long, long play-day it was to the little vine, the daisy, and the violet.
- any of various temperate perennial herbaceous plants of the violaceous genus Viola, such as V. odorata (sweet (or garden) violet), typically having mauve or bluish flowers with irregular showy petals
- any other plant of the genus Viola, such as the wild pansy
- any of various similar but unrelated plants, such as the African violet
- any of a group of colours that vary in saturation but have the same purplish-blue hue. They lie at one end of the visible spectrum, next to blue; approximate wavelength range 445–390 nanometres
- (as adjective)a violet dress
- a dye or pigment of or producing these colours
- violet clothingdressed in violet
- shrinking violet informal a shy person
Word Origin and History for violet
early 14c., small plant with purplish-blue flowers, from Old French violette, diminutive of viole "violet," from Latin viola, cognate with Greek ion (see iodine), probably from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean language. The color sense (late 14c.) developed from the flower.
- The hue of the short-wave end of the visible spectrum, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 380 to 420 nanometers.
- Any of a group of colors, reddish-blue in hue, that may vary in lightness and saturation.
Idioms and Phrases with violet
see shrinking violet.