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English definition of “purple”

purple

adjective uk   /ˈpɜː.pl̩/ us    /ˈpɝː-/

purple adjective (COLOUR)

A2 of a dark reddish-blue colour: purple plums a dark purple bruise purple in the face/purple with rage dark red in the face because of anger

purple adjective (STYLE)

UK describes a piece of writing that is complicated or sounds false because the writer has tried too hard to make the style interesting: Despite occasional patches of purple prose, the book is mostly clear and incisive.
purpleness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  

purple

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈpɜː.pl̩/ us    /ˈpɝː-/
A2 a dark reddish-blue colour: Purple is my favourite colour. The evening sky was full of purples and reds.
(Definition of purple from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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