Definition of mauve in English:


Syllabification: mauve
Pronunciation: /mōv, môv


  • Of a pale purple color.
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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 color: a few pale streaks of mauve were all that remained of the sunset 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 bright but delicate pale purple aniline dye prepared by William H. Perkin (1838–1907) 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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