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Purple vs. Burgundy: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 26, 2023
"Purple" is a color combining red and blue, vibrant and often associated with royalty, while "Burgundy" is a deep red color with a hint of purple, named after the Burgundy wine.
Purple vs. Burgundy

Key Differences

Purple is a color often associated with luxury, creativity, and magic, made by mixing red and blue. Burgundy, on the other hand, is a deeper, more subdued color, resembling the red wine from the Burgundy region of France.
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Purple is commonly seen in nature, like in lavender or amethysts, and symbolizes mystery and spirituality. Burgundy, while also natural, is less common and is often seen as a symbol of sophistication and seriousness.
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In fashion, purple is bold and stands out, used for making a statement. Burgundy is more understated, providing a rich yet subtle elegance in clothing and accessories.
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Purple’s vibrancy makes it popular in design for creating energetic and imaginative spaces. Burgundy is preferred for its warmth and depth, ideal for creating a cozy and refined atmosphere.
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In historical context, purple has been a color of royalty and power due to its rarity. Burgundy, while also historically significant, doesn’t carry the same regal connotation but is associated with wealth and depth.
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Comparison Chart

Color Composition

Mix of red and blue.
Deep red with a hint of purple.
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Symbolism

Royalty, luxury, creativity.
Sophistication, seriousness, depth.
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Common Uses

Fashion, art, decoration.
Fashion, wine, interior design.
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Visual Impact

Vibrant and striking.
Subdued and elegant.
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Historical Significance

Color of royalty and power.
Associated with wealth but less regal.
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Purple and Burgundy Definitions

Purple

A color combining red and blue in varying shades.
The sky at sunset turned a magnificent shade of purple.
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Burgundy

A deep red color with a purple tinge, like the wine.
She chose a burgundy dress for the evening event.
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Purple

Often associated with royalty and luxury.
The king wore a robe of rich purple.
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Burgundy

Indicative of maturity and depth in context and character.
His burgundy tone in the painting reflected a somber mood.
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Purple

A term used to describe overly elaborate or ornate language.
The novelist was criticized for her purple prose.
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Burgundy

Associated with the Burgundy region of France, especially its wine.
They toasted with a fine Burgundy from the Côte de Beaune.
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Purple

Any of a group of colors with a hue between that of violet and red.
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Burgundy

Any of various red or white wines produced in the Burgundy region of France.
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Purple

Cloth of a color between violet and red, formerly worn as a symbol of royalty or high office.
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Burgundy

Any of various similar wines produced elsewhere.
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Purple

Imperial power; high rank
Born to the purple.
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Burgundy

Burgundy A dark grayish or blackish red to dark purplish red or reddish brown.
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Purple

The rank or office of a cardinal.
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Burgundy

Alternative case form of Burgundy(red wine).
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Purple

The rank or office of a bishop.
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Burgundy

(color) A dark red colour tinged with purple, like that of Burgundy (red) wine.
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Purple

Of the color purple.
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Burgundy

Of a deep purple red color like that of Burgundy wine.
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Purple

Royal or imperial; regal.
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Burgundy

An old province of France (in the eastern central part).
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Purple

Elaborate and ornate
Purple prose.
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Burgundy

A richly flavored wine, mostly red, made in Burgundy, France.
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Purple

To make or become purple.
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Burgundy

A former province of eastern France that is famous for its wines
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Purple

A color that is a dark blend of red and blue; dark magenta.
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Burgundy

Red table wine from the Burgundy region of France (or any similar wine made elsewhere)
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Purple

(colour theory) Any non-spectral colour on the line of purples on a colour chromaticity diagram or a colour wheel between violet and red.
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Burgundy

A dark purplish red to blackish red
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Purple

Cloth, or a garment, dyed a purple colour; especially, a purple robe, worn as an emblem of rank or authority; specifically, the purple robe or mantle worn by Ancient Roman emperors as the emblem of imperial dignity.
To put on the imperial purple
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Burgundy

Used to describe rich, deep, and sophisticated shades in fashion and design.
The burgundy curtains added a touch of elegance to the room.
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Purple

(by extension) Imperial power, because the colour purple was worn by emperors and kings.
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Burgundy

A popular choice for formal and autumnal clothing.
His burgundy tie complemented his navy suit perfectly.
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Purple

Any of various species of mollusks from which Tyrian purple dye was obtained, especially the common dog whelk.
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Purple

The purple haze cultivar of cannabis in the kush family, either pure or mixed with others, or by extension any variety of smoked marijuana.
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Purple

(medicine) Purpura.
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Purple

Earcockle, a disease of wheat.
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Purple

Any of the species of large butterflies, usually marked with purple or blue, of the genus Basilarchia (formerly Limenitis).
The banded purple
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Purple

A cardinalate.
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Purple

Ellipsis of purple drank
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Purple

Having a colour/color that is a dark blend of red and blue.
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Purple

(US politics) Not predominantly red or blue, but having a mixture of Democrat and Republican support.
Purple state
Purple city
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Purple

(in Netherlands and Belgium) Mixed between social democrats and liberals.
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Purple

Imperial; regal.
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Purple

Blood-red; bloody.
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Purple

(of language) Extravagantly ornate, like purple prose.
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Purple

Completed in the fastest time so far in a given session.
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Purple

(intransitive) To turn purple in colour.
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Purple

(transitive) To dye purple.
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Purple

(transitive) To clothe in purple.
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Purple

A color formed by, or resembling that formed by, a combination of the primary colors red and blue.
Arraying with reflected purple and goldThe clouds that on his western throne attend.
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Purple

Cloth dyed a purple color, or a garment of such color; especially, a purple robe, worn as an emblem of rank or authority; specifically, the purple rode or mantle worn by Roman emperors as the emblem of imperial dignity; as, to put on the imperial purple.
Thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and purple, and scarlet.
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Purple

Hence: Imperial sovereignty; royal rank, dignity, or favor; loosely and colloquially, any exalted station; great wealth.
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Purple

A cardinalate. See Cardinal.
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Purple

Any species of large butterflies, usually marked with purple or blue, of the genus Basilarchia (formerly Limenitis) as, the banded purple (Basilarchia arthemis). See Illust. under Ursula.
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Purple

Any shell of the genus Purpura.
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Purple

See Purpura.
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Purple

A disease of wheat. Same as Earcockle.
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Purple

Exhibiting or possessing the color called purple, much esteemed for its richness and beauty; of a deep red, or red and blue color; as, a purple robe.
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Purple

Imperial; regal; - so called from the color having been an emblem of imperial authority.
Hide in the dust thy purple pride.
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Purple

Blood-red; bloody.
May such purple tears be alway shed.
I view a field of blood,And Tiber rolling with a purple blood.
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Purple

To make purple; to dye of purple or deep red color; as, hands purpled with blood.
When mornPurples the east.
Reclining soft in blissful bowers,Purpled sweet with springing flowers.
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Purple

A chromatic color between red and blue
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Purple

Of imperial status;
He was born to the purple
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Purple

Become purple
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Purple

Color purple
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Purple

Of a color midway between red and blue
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Purple

Excessively elaborate or showily expressed;
A writer of empurpled literature
Many purple passages
Speech embellished with classical quotations
An over-embellished story of the fish that got away
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Purple

Belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler;
Golden age of imperial splendor
Purple tyrant
Regal attire
Treated with royal acclaim
The royal carriage of a stag's head
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Purple

Symbolic of creativity and imagination.
The artist's use of purple brought the painting to life.
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Purple

Used to describe flora and fauna of a purplish hue.
The garden was filled with purple lavender.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can purple be a calming color?

Yes, lighter shades of purple can be very calming and soothing.
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Is burgundy a warm or cool color?

Burgundy is considered a warm color due to its red and purple tones.
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What occasions are suitable for wearing burgundy?

Burgundy is great for formal events and autumnal occasions.
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What does purple symbolize in different cultures?

In many cultures, purple symbolizes royalty, nobility, and luxury.
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Is burgundy a natural hair color?

No, but burgundy hair dye is popular for its rich, deep hue.
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Can purple be used in corporate branding?

Yes, purple is often used to convey luxury and creativity in branding.
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How does burgundy affect room ambiance?

Burgundy creates a warm, sophisticated, and cozy ambiance.
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Is burgundy suitable for summer fashion?

Burgundy is typically more popular in fall and winter fashion.
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What emotions does purple evoke?

Purple often evokes feelings of luxury, creativity, and spirituality.
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What does wearing burgundy say about a person?

It suggests sophistication, depth, and confidence.
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How does purple influence mood in interior design?

Purple can create a vibrant, energetic, or soothing atmosphere, depending on the shade.
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What colors complement purple?

Purple pairs well with gold, silver, and neutral colors.
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What foods are burgundy in color?

Foods like red wine, certain grapes, and beetroot are burgundy.
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Is purple a good color for a wedding theme?

Yes, purple is a popular and versatile wedding color.
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Is purple a common color in nature?

Yes, purple is quite common in flowers, minerals, and sunsets.
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What is a complementary color for burgundy?

Complementary colors include dark green and gold.
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Are there any historical connotations to purple?

Historically, purple has been associated with royalty and wealth.
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What is the psychological impact of purple?

Purple can stimulate imagination and creativity.
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What is the RGB code for burgundy?

The RGB code for burgundy is typically around (128, 0, 32).
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Can burgundy be used in minimalist design?

Yes, burgundy can add depth and interest to minimalist designs.
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