Definition of mauve in English:


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Pronunciation: /məʊv


Of a pale purple colour: blossoms with mauve and white petals
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  • She wore a white tunic with pale mauve sleeves and veil.
  • The wind was blowing through her fancy curtained window and a light breeze hit her long brown hair as it dangled off the bed hitting the pale purple and mauve comforter.
  • Flower blossoms are creamy white with mauve caps and are frugally placed up the stem above glossy green foliage.


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1A pale purple colour: a few pale streaks of mauve were all that remained of the sunset [count noun]: glowing with soft pastel mauves and pinks
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  • Some are white, many in hues of lavender and lilac, pale mauves and deep purples, and a host of other colors.
  • They come in the girliest pinks, mauves and purples.
  • Grey carbuncled shells of giant clams open up to reveal a flesh of startling beauty, soft mauves dotted with electric blue and the palest of yellow.
2 historical A pale purple aniline dye prepared by William H. Perkin in 1856. It was the first synthetic dyestuff.
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  • The first synthetic dye, mauve, was prepared in 1856 by the English chemist William Henry Perkin.
  • The 1856 discovery of the first synthetic aniline dye, mauve, marked a new era in textile dyeing.
  • One example is the story of the clarification of the chemical structure of Perkin's mauve, the first synthetic dyestuff.


mid 19th century: from French, literally 'mallow', from Latin malva.



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  • The photographs are printed in a brown / mauvish colour, not precisely ‘sepia toned’, I think, but the effect is similar.

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