Definition of purple adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːpl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrpl//
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  1. 1  having the colour of blue and red mixed together a purple flower His face was purple with rage.
  2. 2purple prose/passage writing or a piece of writing that is too grand in style
  3. Word OriginOld English (describing the clothing of an emperor), alteration of purpre, from Latin purpura ‘purple’, from Greek porphura, denoting molluscs that yielded a crimson dye, also cloth dyed with this.

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