from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dark grayish blue or purple.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dark purplish black colour
  • adj. Of a dark purplish black colour


Middle English pers, from Old French, from Medieval Latin persus, back-formation from Latin Persicus, Persian, from Greek Persikos, a Persian, from Persēs, a Persian, from Old Persian Pārsa, of Median origin; akin to Old Persian Parthava-, Parthian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Not a single one of the examples on this page "perse" are about the definition (dark greyish purple), but rather about the Latin phrase "per se." Boo.

    July 24, 2013

  • an arrangement between the 'blue' and the 'gray'

    May 6, 2010

  • Yes! It's Finnish and it means "ass".

    February 18, 2010

  • All the examples are wrong!

    December 23, 2009