1. any colour having components of both red and blue, especially a dark shade of such a colour.
2. History crimson.
3. cloth or clothing of this hue, especially as formerly worn distinctively by persons of imperial, royal, or other high rank: born to the purple.
4. the rank or office of a cardinal, in allusion to his scarlet official dress.
5. the office of a bishop.
6. imperial or lofty rank or position.
7. of the colour of purple.
8. imperial or regal.
9. brilliant or gorgeous.
10. full of elaborate literary devices and pretentious effects: a purple passage.
-- verb ( purpled, purpling )
-- verb (t)
11. to make purple.
-- verb (i)
12. to become purple.
[ME purpel, OE (Northumbrian) purpl ( e ), var. of OE purpur ( e ), from L purpura, from Greek porphra kind of shellfish yielding purple dye]