See also: Purpure and purpuré

English edit

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Alternative forms edit

  • (heraldry): pu. or purp. (abbreviations)

Etymology edit

From Middle English purpure, from Old English purpure and Old French purpure (purple); both from Latin purpura. Doublet of purple and purpura.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /pəˈpjʊə/
  • IPA(key): /pɚˈpjʊɹ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʊə(ɹ)

Noun edit

purpure (uncountable)

  1. (heraldry) A purple colour on a coat of arms, represented in engraving by diagonal parallel lines 45 degrees clockwise.
    • 1997, Brault, Early Blazon:
      Many authorities reject the authenticity of purpure as a tincture.

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Adjective edit

purpure (not comparable)

  1. (heraldry) In blazon, of the colour purple.

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See also edit

metals main colours less common colours
tincture or argent gules azure sable vert purpure tenné orange sanguine
roundel (in parentheses: semé):  
bezant (bezanty)
plate (platy)
torteau (tortelly)
hurt (hurty)
pellet (pellety), ogress

golpe (golpy)
orange (semé of oranges)
guze (semé of guzes)
goutte (noun) / gutty (adj) thereof:  
(goutte / gutty) d'or (of gold)
d'eau (of water)
de sang (of blood)
de larmes (of tears)
de poix

(of pitch)
d'huile / d'olive (olive oil)

special roundel furs additional, uncommon tinctures:
tincture fountain, syke: barry wavy argent and azure ermine ermines, counter-ermine erminois pean vair counter-vair potent counter-potent bleu celeste, brunâtre, carnation, cendrée (iron, steel, acier), copper, murrey

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Verb edit


  1. inflection of purpurar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative