- violet [vī′ə lit, vī′lit]n.[ME < OFr violette, dim. of viole < L viola, a violet < or akin to Gr ion, violet]1.a) any of a genus (Viola) of plants of the violet family, having white, blue, purple, or yellow irregular flowers with short spursb) the flower of any of these plants2. any of various similar plants, as the African violet, or their flowers3. a bluish-purple coloradj.1. designating a family (Violaceae, order Violales) of temperate and tropical dicotyledonous plants having five-parted flowers, a one-celled ovary, and a three-valved fruit capsule, including the pansies2. of the color violet
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.