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purple

[ pur-puhl ]
/ ˈpɜr pəl /
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noun
adjective, pur·pler, pur·plest.
verb (used with or without object), pur·pled, pur·pling.
to make or become purple.
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Idioms about purple

    born in / to the purple, of royal or exalted birth: Those born to the purple are destined to live in the public eye.

Origin of purple

First recorded before 1000; Middle English purpel (noun and adjective), Old English purple (adjective), variant of purpure, from Latin purpura “kind of shellfish yielding purple dye, the dye, cloth so dyed,” from Greek porphýra; cf. purpure, porphyry

OTHER WORDS FROM purple

pur·ple·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for purple

purple
/ (ˈpɜːpəl) /

noun
adjective

Derived forms of purple

purpleness, nounpurplish, adjectivepurply, adjective

Word Origin for purple

Old English, from Latin purpura purple dye, from Greek porphura the purple fish (Murex)
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