[ mur-ee ]

  1. a dark purplish-red color.

Origin of murrey

1375–1425; late Middle English murrey, morrey<Middle French moré (adj. and noun), morée (noun) <Medieval Latin mōrātum, mōrāta, neuter and feminine of mōrātus, equivalent to Latin mōr(um) mulberry + -ātus-ate1

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How to use murrey in a sentence

  • One peculiarity of the third period is the frequent use of green patterns on “murrey”-coloured grounds.

    Needlework As Art | Marian Alford
  • The gown is of a reddish murrey colour, with ermine or miniver lining to skirt and sleeves, the under sleeves being blue.

    Chaucer for Children | Mrs. H. R. Haweis
  • Much to be regretted is the disuse of the old word murrey, now only employed in heraldry.

    Wood and Garden | Gertrude Jekyll
  • The mayor and aldermen in new cloaks of red murrey and gold chains sallied forth to meet the King returning from abroad.

    South London | Sir Walter Besant
  • Dolla murrey, a character in Crabbe's Borough, who died playing cards.

British Dictionary definitions for murrey


/ (ˈmʌrɪ) /

  1. British archaic mulberry-coloured

Origin of murrey

C14: from Old French moré, ultimately from Latin mōrum mulberry

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