from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A moderate grayish violet to moderate reddish purple.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bright purple synthetic dye.
- n. The colour of this dye; a pale purple or violet colour.
- adj. having a pale purple colour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A color of a delicate purple, violet, or lilac.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A reddish-purple dye obtained from aniline, the sulphate of the base mauvein; also, the color produced by it: so called from the resemblance of the color to the purple markings of the petals of mallows. It is now almost out of use. Also called Perkin's purple, aniline violet, and aniline purple.
- Of the color of mauve: as, a mauve dress.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a moderate purple
- adj. of a pale to moderate greyish violet color
French, from Old French mallow, from Latin malva; see mallow.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French mauve, from Latin malva, ‘mallow’, which has a purple colour. First coined in 1856 by the chemist William Henry Perkin, when he accidentally created the first aniline dye. (Wiktionary)