Definition of purple state in English:

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purple state

noun

A US state where the Democratic and Republican parties have similar levels of support among voters: Iowa today is a purple state, pretty evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats Compare with blue state and red state.
More example sentences
  • Colorado has, I believe, always been a purple state.
  • Thus, the Senate is a much more cushy job for Kerry than someone from a red or purple state.
  • We're more of a purple state than blue or red.

Origin

With allusion to the fact that the color purple is a blend of red and blue.

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Syllabification: pur·ple state

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