violet

[ vahy-uh-lit ]
/ ˈvaɪ ə lɪt /

noun

any chiefly low, stemless or leafy-stemmed plant of the genus Viola, having purple, blue, yellow, white, or variegated flowers.Compare violet family.
any such plant except the pansy and the viola.
the flower of any native, wild species of violet, as distinguished from the pansy: the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
any of various similar plants of other genera.
reddish-blue, a color at the opposite end of the visible spectrum from red, an effect of light with a wavelength between 400 and 450 nm.

adjective

of the color violet; reddish-blue: violet hats.

Nearby words

  1. violence,
  2. violent,
  3. violent storm,
  4. violently,
  5. violescent,
  6. violet family,
  7. violet iris,
  8. violet wood,
  9. violette,
  10. violin

Origin of violet

1300–50; Middle English < Old French violete, equivalent to viole (< Latin viola violet) + -ete -et

Violet

[ vahy-uh-lit ]
/ ˈvaɪ ə lɪt /

noun

a female given name.
Also Vi·o·lette [vahy-uh-let, vahy-uh-lit] /ˌvaɪ əˈlɛt, ˈvaɪ ə lɪt/, Vi·o·let·ta [vahy-uh-let-uh] /ˌvaɪ əˈlɛt ə/.

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British Dictionary definitions for violet

violet

/ (ˈvaɪəlɪt) /

noun

Derived Formsviolet-like, adjective

Word Origin for violet

C14: from Old French violete a little violet, from viole, from Latin viola violet

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Word Origin and History for violet

violet

n.

early 14c., small plant with purplish-blue flowers, from Old French violette, diminutive of viole "violet," from Latin viola, cognate with Greek ion (see iodine), probably from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean language. The color sense (late 14c.) developed from the flower.

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Medicine definitions for violet

violet

[ vīə-lĭt ]

n.

The hue of the short-wave end of the visible spectrum, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 380 to 420 nanometers.
Any of a group of colors, reddish-blue in hue, that may vary in lightness and saturation.

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Idioms and Phrases with violet

violet

see shrinking violet.

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