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perse

[ purs ]
/ pɜrs /
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adjective
of a very deep shade of blue or purple.
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Origin of perse

1325–75; Middle English pers<Medieval Latin persus, perhaps variant of perseus kind of blue, itself alteration of Latin PersicusPersian

Other definitions for perse (2 of 2)

per se
[ pur -sey, see, per ]
/ pɜr ˈseɪ, ˈsi, pər /

adverb
by, of, for, or in itself; intrinsically: This candidate is not a pacifist per se, but he is in favor of peaceful solutions when practicable.

Origin of per se

First recorded in 1565–75; from Latin per sē “by itself,” translation of Greek kath’ autó
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British Dictionary definitions for perse (1 of 3)

perse
/ (pɜːs) /

noun
  1. a dark greyish-blue colour
  2. (as adjective)perse cloth

Word Origin for perse

C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin persus, perhaps changed from Latin Persicus Persian

British Dictionary definitions for perse (2 of 3)

per se
/ (ˈpɜː ˈseɪ) /

adverb
by or in itself; intrinsically

Word Origin for per se

Latin

British Dictionary definitions for perse (3 of 3)

Perse
/ (pɜːs, French pɛrs) /

noun
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
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