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  1. 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 Persicus Persian

St.-John Perse

[sin-juh n purs]
  1. Alexis Saint-Léger Léger, 1887–1975, French diplomat and poet: Nobel Prize in literature 1960.
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Related Words for perse

color, mauve, plum, lilac, lavender, periwinkle, violet, heliotrope, pomegranate, mulberry, amethyst, magenta, wine, orchid, amaranthine, perse, violaceous

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Historical Examples of perse

  • Circe was the daughter of Sol and Perse, and was celebrated for her skill in magic.

    Human Animals

    Frank Hamel

  • Circe was the daughter of Helios (the Sun) by the ocean-nymph Perse.

    Milton's Comus

    John Milton

  • It is less than two hundred feet from the gate to Perse's doorsteps.

    Truxton King

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • The Duke of Perse was lying back in the seat, his face like that of a dead man.

    Truxton King

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • The Duke of Perse realised this when he compelled his daughter to accept him as her husband.

    Truxton King

    George Barr McCutcheon

British Dictionary definitions for perse


    1. a dark greyish-blue colour
    2. (as adjective)perse cloth
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Word Origin for perse

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


  1. 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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Word Origin and History for perse


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.

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