Definition of born in (or to) the purple in US English:

born in (or to) the purple


  • Born into a reigning family or privileged class.

    • ‘It is worth noting that he was clearly not born to the purple.’
    • ‘Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Romanov was the only child ‘born to the purple’, and she was a welcome change from the horror of the previous 18 months.’
    • ‘Somehow, I find that frank ‘I was born to the purple’ sort of elitism easier to stomach than their attitude.’
    • ‘He was one of twin sons born to Marcus Aurelius and Annia Galeria Faustina in August 161, the first emperor ‘born in the purple’.’