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[vahy-uh-lit] /ˈvaɪ ə lɪt/
a female given name.
Also, Violette
[vahy-uh-let, vahy-uh-lit] /ˌvaɪ əˈlɛt, ˈvaɪ ə lɪt/ (Show IPA),
[vahy-uh-let-uh] /ˌvaɪ əˈlɛt ə/ (Show IPA)
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  • violetta an' Rosalinda are pulling fodder and mother is ploughing for wheat.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • After we had discussed the war news for a long time he began as usual about violetta—.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • How will you pay it then about violetta whom you say is an angel, and blameless?

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • She is the exact contrast to the Countess violetta in face, in everything.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • violetta broke through the formal superlatives of an Italian greeting.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • Vittoria did not lift her eyes, and Carlo beckoned to violetta, with whom he left the room.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • violetta has not one grain of love for her country; but she can be made to serve it.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • violetta supposed her to feel that she commanded the situation.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • To preclude its being named, violetta then diverged from the subject.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for violetta


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
  1. 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
  2. (as adjective): a violet dress
a dye or pigment of or producing these colours
violet clothing: dressed in violet
(informal) shrinking violet, a shy person
Derived Forms
violet-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French violete a little violet, from viole, from Latin viola violet
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Word Origin and History for violetta



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.

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violetta in Medicine

violet vi·o·let (vī'ə-lĭt)

  1. 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.

  2. Any of a group of colors, reddish-blue in hue, that may vary in lightness and saturation.

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