Definition of Purple Heart noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Purple Heart

BrE BrE//ˌpɜːpl ˈhɑːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɜːrpl ˈhɑːrt//
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a medal given to a member of the armed forces of the US who has been wounded in battle Culture The Purple Heart was established by George Washington in 1782 as the Badge of Military Merit, but was immediately called the Purple Heart. It is in the form of a purple heart with an image of Washington on it. compare Congressional Medal of Honor
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