(noun, adjective, verb)


1. of a color intermediate between red and blue

Similar word(s): chromatic, purplish, violet

2. excessively elaborate or showily expressed

- a writer of empurpled literature

- many purple passages

Similar word(s): rhetorical, empurpled

3. belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

- purple tyrant

Similar word(s): noble, imperial, majestic, regal, royal


1. a purple color or pigment

Similar word(s): purpleness

Definition categories: attribute

2. (in ancient Rome) position of imperial status

- he was born to the purple

Definition categories: state, nobility, noblesse

3. (Roman Catholic Church) official dress of a cardinal; so named after the Tyrial purple color of the robes

Definition categories: man–made

Sentences with purple as a noun:

- purple colour:

- to put on the imperial purple

- the banded purple


1. become purple

Definition categories: change, color, colour, discolor, discolour

2. color purple

Similar word(s): empurple, purpurate

Definition categories: change, color, colorise, colorize, colour, colourise, colourize