- of a very deep shade of blue or purple.
Origin of perse
- Alexis Saint-Léger Léger, 1887–1975, French diplomat and poet: Nobel Prize in literature 1960.
Related Words for persecolor, mauve, plum, lilac, lavender, periwinkle, violet, heliotrope, pomegranate, mulberry, amethyst, magenta, wine, orchid, amaranthine, perse, violaceous
Examples from the Web for perse
Historical Examples of perse
Circe was the daughter of Sol and Perse, and was celebrated for her skill in magic.Human Animals
Circe was the daughter of Helios (the Sun) by the ocean-nymph Perse.Milton's Comus
It is less than two hundred feet from the gate to Perse's doorsteps.
The Duke of Perse was lying back in the seat, his face like that of a dead man.
At this the Duke of Perse came to his feet again, an angry gleam in his eyes.
- a dark greyish-blue colour
- (as adjective)perse cloth
Word Origin for perse
- Saint-John (ˈsɪndʒən), real name Alexis Saint-Léger . 1887–1975, French poet, born in Guadeloupe. His works include Anabase (1922) and Chronique (1960). Nobel prize for literature 1960
late 14c., "blue, bluish-gray," later "purplish-black," from Old French pers "(dark) blue, livid; wan, pale," from Late Latin persus, perhaps a back-formation from one of the early European forms of Persia.