born to the purple

   Someone who is born to the purple is born in a royal or aristocratic family. ("Born in the purple" is also used.)
  (Dorking School Dictionary)

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  • born in the purple — 1. Born in the purple chamber of the Byzantine empresses (historical; see ↑porphyrogenite) 2. Hence, of exalted birth • • • Main Entry: ↑purple * * * born in (or to) the purple born into a reigning family or privileged class …   Useful english dictionary

  • born to the purple — Someone who is born to the purple is born in a royal or aristocratic family. ( Born in the purple is also used.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Born to the Purple — Infobox Television episode Title = Born to the Purple Series = Babylon 5 G Kar, Londo and Sinclair Caption = Season = 1 Episode = 3 Airdate = 9 February 1994 Production = 104 Writer = Larry DiTillio Director = Bruce Seth Green Guests = Fabiana… …   Wikipedia

  • born to the purple — adjective Born and raised in a royal family. No one had had any experience of an emperor like Commodus, a Caesar born to the purple …   Wiktionary

  • born in the purple — ► born in (or to) the purple born into a reigning family or privileged class. Main Entry: ↑purple …   English terms dictionary

  • born to the purple — ► born in (or to) the purple born into a reigning family or privileged class. Main Entry: ↑purple …   English terms dictionary

  • born to the purple — idi of royal or exalted birth …   From formal English to slang

  • To be born in the purple — Purple Pur ple, n.; pl. {Purples}. [OE. purpre, pourpre, OF. purpre, porpre, pourpre, F. pourpre, L. purpura purple fish, purple dye, fr. Gr. ? the purple fish, a shell from the purple dye was obtained, purple dye; cf. ? dark (said of the sea),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The Purple Gang (band) — The Purple Gang are one of the longest lived but relatively unknown British rock bands, who narrowly missed stardom in 1967. Several of the original members are still playing together.HistoryAlthough they were associated with the London… …   Wikipedia

  • The purple shall govern — was an anti Apartheid slogan. The phrase was an adaptation of placards reading the people shall govern during an anti apartheid protest in Cape Town, South Africa in September 1989 after the protesters used a police water cannon to color nearby… …   Wikipedia

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