Here and there, sparingly, one of the dolls might be purple or green: “Rainbow Piets,” they call them.
Hockney balances a mostly cool palette with neon shocks of pink, purple, orange, and blue.
No one ever seeks a purple Heart medal, but it remains the most distinctive of American military medals and symbols.
The whip-it is to medical-grade nitrous oxide as purple Jesus is to an icy Tanqueray martini.
In 1977, back-up singer/girlfriend Gloria Jones wrapped their purple Mini around a sycamore tree.
purple and violet—to express royalty, "Kings and priests of God."
The robe of fine Milesian texture, was saffron-coloured, with a purple edge.
There is a purple tinge that is too conspicuously artificial.
"But there should be another one," cried the man in the purple coat.
The gold and crimson and purple softened as the minutes passed.
Old English purpul, dissimilation (first recorded in Northumbrian, in Lindisfarne gospel) of purpure "purple dye, a purple garment," purpuren (adj.) "purple," a borrowing by 9c. from Latin purpura "purple color, purple-dyed cloak, purple dye," also "shellfish from which purple was made," and "splendid attire generally," from Greek porphyra "purple dye, purple" (cf. porphyry), of uncertain origin, perhaps Semitic, originally the name for the shellfish (murex) from which it was obtained. Purpur continued as a parallel form until 15c., and through 19c. in heraldry. As a color name, attested from early 15c. Tyrian purple, produced around Tyre, was prized as dye for royal garments.
Also the color of mourning or penitence (especially in royalty or clergy). Rhetorical for "splendid, gaudy" (of prose) from 1590s. Purple Heart, U.S. decoration for service members wounded in combat, instituted 1932; originally a cloth decoration begun by George Washington in 1782. Hendrix' Purple Haze (1967) is slang for "LSD."
c.1400, from purple (n.). Related: Purpled; purpling.