whether displayed in dresses, the background of pictures, or otherwise:
typifies grief, death.
hope, love of divine works; (in dresses) divine contemplation, piety, sincerity. Pale blue,
peace, Christian prudence, love of good works, a serene conscience.
glory and power.
faith, gladness, immortality, the resurrection of the just; (in dresses) the gladness of the faithful. Pale green,
justice, royalty. Red,
martyrdom for faith, charity; (in dresses) divine love. Rose-colour,
martyrdom. Innocent III. says of martyrs and apostles, “Hi et illi sunt flores rosarum et lilia convallium.
” (De Sacr, alto Myst.,
the fervour and glory of witnesses to the Church. Silver,
chastity and purity.
purity, temperance, innocence, chastity, faith; (in dresses) innocence and purity.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894