Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Dark grayish blue or purple.

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  • noun A dark purplish black colour
  • adjective Of a dark purplish black colour

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English pers, from Old French, from Medieval Latin persus, back-formation from Latin Persicus, Persian, from Greek Persikos, a Persian, from Persēs, a Persian, from Old Persian Pārsa, of Median origin; akin to Old Persian Parthava-, Parthian.]

Examples

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  • All the examples are wrong!

    December 23, 2009

  • Yes! It's Finnish and it means "ass".

    February 18, 2010

  • an arrangement between the 'blue' and the 'gray'

    May 6, 2010

  • Not a single one of the examples on this page "perse" are about the definition (dark greyish purple), but rather about the Latin phrase "per se." Boo.

    July 24, 2013