violet

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English[edit]

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an African violet (plant)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English violet, vyolet, vyolette, from Old French violette, from Latin viola (violet).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

violet (plural violets)

  1. A plant or flower of the genus Viola, especially the fragrant Viola odorata; (inexact) similar-looking plants and flowers.
  2. (figuratively) A person thought to resemble V. odorata, especially in its beauty and delicacy.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 19:
      ‘Tom,’ he said, ‘you are looking at a crushed violet, a spent egg, a squeezed tube.’
  3. A bluish-purple colour resembling that of most V. odorata.
    violet colour:  
    web violet colour:  
  4. Clothes and (ecclesiastical) vestments of such a colour.
  5. (perfumes) The characteristic scent of V. odorata.
  6. (Britain dialect) Synonym of onion.

Synonyms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

terms derived from violet (noun)

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Translations[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

violet (comparative violeter, superlative violetest)

  1. Having a bluish-purple colour.

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Translations[edit]

See also[edit]

Colors in English · colors, colours (layout · text)
     white      gray, grey      black
             red; crimson              orange; brown              yellow; cream
             lime              green              mint
             cyan; teal              azure, sky blue              blue
             violet; indigo              magenta; purple              pink

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French violet.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

violet n (plural violetten, diminutive violetje n)

  1. violet, a purplish colour

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Adjective[edit]

violet (comparative violetter, superlative violetst)

  1. violet-coloured

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of violet
uninflected violet
inflected violette
comparative violetter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial violet violetter het violetst
het violetste
indefinite m./f. sing. violette violettere violetste
n. sing. violet violetter violetste
plural violette violettere violetste
definite violette violettere violetste
partitive violets violetters

See also[edit]

Colors in Dutch · kleuren (layout · text)
     wit      grijs      zwart
             rood; karmijnrood              oranje; bruin              geel; roomwit
             groengeel/limoengroen              groen             
             blauwgroen/cyaan; groenblauw/petrolblauw              azuurblauw              blauw
             violet; indigo              magenta; paars              roze

References[edit]

  • M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

violet m (countable and uncountable, plural violets)

  1. (usually uncountable) purple (colour)
  2. (countable) mushroom with a violet cap, such as a webcap or cortinar

Adjective[edit]

violet (feminine singular violette, masculine plural violets, feminine plural violettes)

  1. purple

See also[edit]

Colors in French · couleurs (layout · text)
     blanc      gris      noir
             rouge; cramoisi              orange; brun              jaune; crème
             vert citron              vert              menthe
             cyan; bleu canard              azur              bleu
             violet; indigo              magenta; pourpre              rose

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

violet

  1. third-person singular present active subjunctive of violō

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French violette, from Latin viola.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈviːɔlɛt/, /ˈviːəlɛt/

Noun[edit]

violet (uncountable)

  1. violet (plant in the genus Viola)
  2. The flower of such a plant
  3. violet, blue-purple (colour)
  4. violet-coloured cloth

Descendants[edit]

  • English: violet

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Adjective[edit]

violet

  1. violet-coloured
  2. Made of violet-coloured cloth

Descendants[edit]

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See also[edit]

Colors in Middle English · coloures, hewes (layout · text)
     whit      grey, hor      blak
             red; cremesyn, gernet              citrine, aumbre; broun, tawne              yelow, dorry; canevas
             grasgrene              grene             
             plunket; ewage              asure, livid              blewe, blo, pers
             violet; inde              rose, murrey; purpel, purpur              claret

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French violet.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

violet m or n (feminine singular violetă, masculine plural violeți, feminine and neuter plural violete)

  1. purple
    Synonym: mov

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

As with other color words borrowed from French, violet is often used as an invariable adjective, but this usage is proscribed by the Romanian Academy.

Noun[edit]

violet n (uncountable)

  1. purple (color)
    Synonym: mov

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Romansch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French violette, from Latin viola (violet)

Adjective[edit]

violet m (feminine singular violetta, masculine plural violets, feminine plural violettas)

  1. purple