Cloth, or a garment, dyed a purple colour; especially, a purple robe, worn as an emblem of rank or authority; specifically, the purple robe or mantle worn by Ancient Roman emperors as the emblem of imperial dignity.
From Middle English purple, purpel, purpur, from Old English purple, purpuren, taken from Latin purpura ("purple dye, shellfish"), from Ancient Greek πορφύρα ("purple fish"), perhaps of Semitic origin. Cognate with Dutch purper, German Purpur, Gothic 𐍀𐌰𐌿𐍂𐍀𐌿𐍂𐌰, Lithuanian purpurinė.
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