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[vahy-uh-lit] /ˈvaɪ ə lɪt/
a female given name.
Also, Violette
[vahy-uh-let, vahy-uh-lit] /ˌvaɪ əˈlɛt, ˈvaɪ ə lɪt/ (Show IPA),
[vahy-uh-let-uh] /ˌvaɪ əˈlɛt ə/ (Show IPA)
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  • The terrified violetta laid her hand on the arm of her lover.

    The Bravo J. Fenimore Cooper
  • After we had discussed the war news for a long time he began as usual about violetta—.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • violetta was abed, and lay fair and placid as a Titian Venus, while Irma sputtered out her tale, with intermittent sobs.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • "The whisper goes that I was once admired by him," said violetta.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • Carlo thanked heaven that violetta had no passion in her nature.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • I struck violetta sharply and she galloped off like an arrow.

    Yule Logs Various
  • "We have been sailing over marvels," cried violetta wide-eyed.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • violetta writes a note, rings for Annina, and hands it to her.

  • violetta, seated on a couch, is conversing with Dr. Grenvil and some friends.

British Dictionary definitions for violetta


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
any other plant of the genus Viola, such as the wild pansy
any of various similar but unrelated plants, such as the African violet
  1. 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
  2. (as adjective): a violet dress
a dye or pigment of or producing these colours
violet clothing: dressed in violet
(informal) shrinking violet, a shy person
Derived Forms
violet-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French violete a little violet, from viole, from Latin viola violet
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Word Origin and History for violetta



early 14c., small plant with purplish-blue flowers, from Old French violette, diminutive of viole "violet," from Latin viola, cognate with Greek ion (see iodine), probably from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean language. The color sense (late 14c.) developed from the flower.

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violetta in Medicine

violet vi·o·let (vī'ə-lĭt)

  1. 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.

  2. Any of a group of colors, reddish-blue in hue, that may vary in lightness and saturation.

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