|1.||any of various temperate perennial herbaceous plants of the violaceous genus Viola, such as V. odorata (sweet (or garden) violet), typically having mauve or bluish flowers with irregular showy petals|
|2.||any other plant of the genus Viola, such as the wild pansy|
|3.||any of various similar but unrelated plants, such as the African violet|
|4.||a. any of a group of colours that vary in saturation but have the same purplish-blue hue. They lie at one end of the visible spectrum, next to blue; approximate wavelength range 445--390 nanometres|
|b. (as adjective): a violet dress|
|5.||a dye or pigment of or producing these colours|
|6.||violet clothing: dressed in violet|
|7.||informal shrinking violet a shy person|
|[C14: from Old French violete a little violet, from viole, from Latin viola violet]|
violet vi·o·let (vī'ə-lĭt)
The hue of the short-wave end of the visible spectrum, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 380 to 420 nanometers.
Any of a group of colors, reddish-blue in hue, that may vary in lightness and saturation.
see shrinking violet.