[ pur-pyoor ]

  1. the tincture or color purple.

  1. of the tincture or color purple.

Origin of purpure

before 900; Middle English, Old English <Latin purpurapurple

Words Nearby purpure

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How to use purpure in a sentence

  • Supporters—Two angels vested purpure, winged and crined or, each holding in the exterior hand a key or.

    The Vanity Girl | Compton Mackenzie
  • Arms—purpure, two flanches ermine, on a chief sable a moon in her complement argent.

    The Vanity Girl | Compton Mackenzie
  • Again, ‘purpure, a wolf argent’ would mean “a wrangler with a peaceable disposition!!”

    The Curiosities of Heraldry | Mark Antony Lower
  • 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
  • For purpure:—mix carmine and French blue, with a little gum: shade with a darker tint of the same.

British Dictionary definitions for purpure


/ (ˈpɜːpjʊə) /

noun, adjective
  1. (usually postpositive) heraldry purple

Origin of purpure

Old English from Latin purpura purple

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