Origin of aubergine
Examples from the Web for aubergine
“Hillary also looked beautiful in that aubergine dress,” he said.
Three colours:—green, a curious shade; yellow, varying from pale to bright; aubergine, also varying in tone.
A gold base deeply chiselled in wave-diaper and overrun with a paste of aubergine purple is the most pleasing.
The spouts are seen issuing from monster heads, the latter in aubergine, the former in brilliant yellow.
All the trappings, including saddle and saddle-cloth, in green and aubergine.
Near the base is the figure of a man ploughing the rice field, with a water buffalo, in aubergine and yellow.
British Dictionary definitions for aubergine
- a dark purple colour
- (as adjective)an aubergine dress
Word Origin for aubergine
Word Origin and History for aubergine
"eggplant," 1794, from French aubergine, "fruit of the eggplant" (Solanum esculentum), diminutive of auberge "a kind of peach," variant of alberge, from Spanish alberchigo "apricot" [OED]. Klein derives the French word from Catalan alberginera, from Arabic al-badinjan "the eggplant," from Persian badin-gan, from Sanskrit vatin-ganah. As a color like that of the eggplant fruit, it is attested from 1895.