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[pur-pyoo r]Heraldry.
  1. the tincture or color purple.
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  1. of the tincture or color purple.
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Origin of purpure

before 900; Middle English, Old English < Latin purpura purple
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Examples from the Web for purpure

Historical Examples

  • For Purpure:—mix carmine and French blue, with a little gum: shade with a darker tint of the same.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

    Charles Boutell

  • Except Truth be delicately clothed in purpure, her written verytees can scant find a reader.

  • Again, ‘Purpure, a wolf argent’ would mean “a wrangler with a peaceable disposition!!”

  • The exact tint of murrey is between gules and purpure; and tenn is an orange-tawny colour.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

British Dictionary definitions for purpure


noun, adjective
  1. (usually postpositive) heraldry purple
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Word Origin

Old English from Latin purpura purple
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