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MORE ABOUT VIOLET
A violet is a flower known for its vibrant bluish-purple color (the basis of the name of the color violet).
The name violet can refer to any flower in the genus Viola, some of which are other colors (including blue, yellow, and white) or are variegated. The most well-known variety is called the common blue violet. The violet family contains many different species of plants, including trees and shrubs.
The violet is the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Rhode Island. It’s also one of the February birth flowers (a flower that’s associated with a particular month in the same way as a birthstone).
Violets are often said to represent modesty. The idiom shrinking violet refers to someone who is shy or (overly) modest.
Example: For my birthday, my wife always gives me a bouquet of beautiful violets.
What color is violet?
The word violet is also commonly used as the name of a color—one like that of the flower. Violet is one of the colors of the rainbow—the visual spectrum of color—along with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and indigo (violet is the V in the abbreviation ROYGBIV). Beyond violet on this spectrum is ultraviolet, which is not visible to the naked eye.
How is violet different from purple?
Although in casual use violet is often used to refer to a shade of purple (or vice versa), the word purple is more broad and can refer to any shade between red and blue. Generally speaking, violet is much more blue in hue; purple is more reddish.
Where does violet come from?
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How is violet used in real life?
When people say violet, they are usually referring to the small purple flower or the purple color.
I didn’t even realize when I named my child Margeaux Violet that February’s birth flower is violets 😭❤️🥺
— ♏️Julie (@eilujwright) January 13, 2021
February violets…because flowers are beautiful.#inspiration pic.twitter.com/J6URnASZuC
— Lisa Medved (@LisaOz6) February 1, 2022
If your favorite color is violet, this might be your new favorite animal: Violet-backed Starling! It lives in open woodland and riverine habitats in parts of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It mainly snacks on fruits and seeds, but will also munch on the occasional insect. pic.twitter.com/rQ1HY7zIzo
— American Museum of Natural History (@AMNH) September 25, 2021
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Violets are said to symbolize modesty.
How to use violet in a sentence
A vibrant violet color meets the eye, while aromas of blackberry, pine and stones entice the nose.This chianti will put you under the Tuscan sun and ground you with earthy flavors, too|Dave McIntyre|January 15, 2021|Washington Post
Watching the color of the sky shade from yellow to green to violet depending on where Norah is standing made for its own pleasant diversion early on, while near the end there are underwater sections that I enjoyed solely for their aquatic beauty.‘Call of the Sea’: Strictly for hardcore puzzlers|Christopher Byrd|January 15, 2021|Washington Post
She’s now rocking a mix of violet and hibiscus in the form of a curly cut with cropped sides.Taraji P. Henson Is Slaying With Her New Curly Haircut!|Brooklyn White|December 26, 2020|Essence.com
The couple’s two daughters, Violet and Claire, were born in May 2016, a little less than three years before the birth of their twin sons, Evan and Damian.Husband’s tragic death leaves D.C. man to raise 4 young children alone|Lou Chibbaro Jr.|November 11, 2020|Washington Blade
This allows us to make different color solar cells and LEDs emitting light from the ultra-violet, right through to the visible and near-infrared.How a New Solar and Lighting Technology Could Propel a Renewable Energy Transformation|Sam Stranks|September 3, 2020|Singularity Hub
Add a pop of color with a bright violet v-neck blouse from 3.1 Phillip Lim.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Carrie Bradshaw in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The odd (though beautiful) pair here is Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who were a hit on the vaudeville circuit.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More|Janice Kaplan|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sutton Foster abandoned her usual perky personna to play scared and scarred in Violet, and voters may reward her effort.Who Will Win the Tony Awards?|Janice Kaplan|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Certainly no one who knows me would accuse me of being a shrinking violet.My Daughter Is Bossy—But Don’t Call Her That|Sally Kohn|March 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Streep plays Violet Weston, a woman unraveled after her husband's suicide.Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Finally Collide in ‘August: Osage County’|Kevin Fallon|December 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Large divans of the richest crimson and violet brocades lined the walls, while ample curtains of the same served in lieu of doors.
She sat still as a statue, scarce breathing, her eyes fixed upon the violet sky.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Benny was never too cross to listen to the wonderful stories his sister Violet could tell about Cinnamon Bear.
Violet was already curled up in her nest, which was hidden so completely that Henry spoke to her to see if she were there.
They pressed the hay back firmly until they had made their way into Violet's little room.
British Dictionary definitions for violet
- any of a group of colours that vary in saturation but have the same purplish-blue hue. They lie at one end of the visible spectrum, next to blue; approximate wavelength range 445–390 nanometres
- (as adjective)a violet dress
Derived forms of violetviolet-like, adjective
Word Origin for violet
Other Idioms and Phrases with violet
see shrinking violet.