Definition of violet in English:



  • 1A herbaceous plant of temperate regions, typically having purple, blue, or white five-petaled flowers, one of which forms a landing pad for pollinating insects.

    • ‘Gather early summer flowers like violets, yarrow and red clover to dry for teas and for tincturing.’
    • ‘Edible flowers, such as nasturtiums, pansies, violets, and calendulas, are also good.’
    • ‘There were pools that dreamed black and unruffled, there were a few white lilies, crocuses and violets; purple or pale, snake-like frittilaries.’
    • ‘The play ends with the beautiful songs of the cuckoo and the owl, ‘When daisies pied and violets blue’ and ‘When icicles hang by the wall’.’
    • ‘Spring flowers - celandines, primroses, violets, wood anemones - were followed by pyramid and early purple orchids, wild thyme and rockrose.’
    • ‘Plant mitsuba with other herbs of similar culture such as sweet cicely, chervil, bee balm, lamium, lungwort, violets, and woodland strawberries.’
    • ‘Purple hyacinths and blue violets arranged together, the colors working together nicely.’
    • ‘She was gorgeously dressed in a pale blue sleeveless gown with violets in her hair.’
    • ‘Last but not least, it was in 1971 when New Jersey finally adopted the purple violet, Viola sororia, as their official state flower.’
    • ‘It was light blue with small violets and ivy embroidered on the bodice.’
    • ‘He gave her a slim gold band that once belonged to his mother, and she gave him violets, her favorite flower.’
    • ‘Colourful wild flowers sprung up by the roadside, purple violets and white daisies dotted among the grass.’
    • ‘Gain inspiration from the poems you remember from childhood, like ‘roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you!’’
    • ‘The very first thing my best friends did was buy me a bouquet of white roses and violets, my favorite combination, from the florist shop near the mall entrance.’
    • ‘Two young women clad in the red robes of Rennon's priestesses carried forth armfuls of flowers, violets and daisies mostly, and cast them into the fire.’
    • ‘Wildflowers: fire pink, several kinds of blue violets, pink and yellow lady's slippers, goldenrod, blue-stem goldenrod, blue asters, and bedstraws.’
    • ‘A violet is blue because its molecular texture enables it to quench the green, yellow, and red constituents of white light, and to allow the blue free transmission.’
    • ‘Sometimes we were led off on long walks over the hills by eager adults who pointed out to us the bog violets and flashes of white heather among the purple.’
    • ‘Nadia picked out violets, lilies and blue tulips at the florist, telling her father to meet her there.’
    • ‘In most languages, violet is called blue: ‘roses are red, violets are blue’.’
    1. 1.1 Used in names of similar-flowered plants of other families, e.g., African violet.
      • ‘Bird's-Foot (V. pedata) violets are similar to Confederate violets in that they have no runners.’
      • ‘Erythronium dens-canis is the true dog's tooth violet, the name comes from the shape of the corm, and has rose coloured flowers on 10 cm stems and purple marked leaves.’
      • ‘You may put your African violet on a self-watering system to ensure a constant, optimum level of moisture.’
  • 2A bluish-purple color seen at the end of the spectrum opposite red.

    • ‘Except for one large canvas dependent on scrabbled zones of shockingly clear violet, most of the paintings are a little murky.’
    • ‘He was dressed in the finest of silks, violet in colour, with a dark cape billowing over his shoulders.’
    • ‘Now, it was not a bluish sort of violet, but pure, clear purple.’
    • ‘Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.’
    • ‘The flowers appear in shades of blue, purple, violet and white.’
    • ‘When sunset came 40 minutes into the flight - the first of four for me that day - it shone with all the colours of the spectrum, from red and orange to indigo and violet.’
    • ‘They sway slightly with the breeze and range in hue from cinnamon to dusty violet.’
    • ‘Cardinals will dress in violet, as a sign of mourning, rather than their habitual red, until the Pope's burial.’
    • ‘Rubidium and cesium flames are reddish violet or magenta.’
    • ‘These wavelengths correspond to colors in the visible spectrum ranging from violet to blue to green to yellow to orange, and then red.’
    • ‘Described as ‘feisty’ and partial to a feast of rotting vegetables, baby Great Land Crabs are often tan in colour, turning a deep shade of violet as they mature.’
    • ‘Celadon green and light violet are gorgeous together, says Delaney.’
    • ‘Tiny beads were colored in the most vibrant hues of violet and the entire light show was mesmerizing.’
    • ‘Choosing a darker hue, such as violet, I began by drawing three squares.’
    • ‘The rocks are characterized by a marked foliation and a colour varying from green-grey to violet.’
    • ‘While copper beech has a reddish tinge, the leaves of Riversii have a rich depth of colour best described as bitter chocolate tinged with deep violet.’
    • ‘Jason's face turned an awesome shade of violet, almost like the large earrings I had chosen to wear today, and he emitted a low, pained groan.’
    • ‘In the rainbow, raindrops do the sifting systematically; each band is part of a progression through the visible spectrum, from red to violet.’
    • ‘He was splendidly dressed in the royal scarlet and bluish violet.’
    • ‘What works well here is this elegant but often overlooked cru from Beaujolais, strikingly violet in colour with a deep rich nose and a meaty wash of intense cherry and plum skin.’


  • Of a purplish-blue color.

    • ‘It lay near my boot - a fleshy, violet organ the size of a Concord grape.’
    • ‘He smiled and stroked her beautiful violet hair.’
    • ‘Bi-tones as their name suggests are two shades of one color, in this case, violet silk Standards and deep purple velvet Falls.’
    • ‘Its intense color is usually coupled with a violet flash at this locality.’
    • ‘I guess I feel a little red, and ready to hide under a violet blanket.’
    • ‘The beautiful heavy fabric reflected the light like water and the deep violet shade suited her newly brunette coloring perfectly.’
    • ‘The only things that gave off color were the violet flowers in the vases, the several tables placed throughout the room, the fireplace, and of course the floor.’
    • ‘For amethyst, violet or gray color contacts, lavender shadows work great.’
    • ‘It was colored turquoise with sharp, violet wings and small limbs with sharp claws that bore the same hue as its wings.’
    • ‘In the same case are several amethysts (the purple variety of quartz) of an amazingly rich violet color.’
    • ‘The wine has a dark violet color at its core, but turns a nice cherry red at its rim.’
    • ‘His scales were a dark violet color; they shone brilliantly in the firelight.’
    • ‘In Ricochet, he scatters an array of ellipses-with-trails in a multitude of colors over a plummy violet ground.’
    • ‘The frequency of the vibrations increases from the red to the violet end of the spectrum, thus determining the perceived color of the light.’
    • ‘The worst thing is the violet depiction of a car wreck on the cover of the cd.’
    • ‘Flowers are crimson, sky blue, violet, and deep purple accented with a white pinwheel and picotee pattern.’
    • ‘Their faces were white; the only signs of color on them were the violet blotches on their foreheads and the blood from the wounds on the backs of their skulls.’
    • ‘She wore contacts, that explained the violet orbs.’
    • ‘He had a mess of shaggy violet colored hair and violet eyes that shone with a mixture of childish curiosity and animal-like awareness.’
    • ‘She handed him her prize, a square of folded cloth the deep violet color of the Jhannon crest.’


Middle English: from Old French violette, diminutive of viole, from Latin viola violet.