purple heart

ˌPurple ˈHeart [Purple Heart Purple Hearts] BrE
NAmE
noun
a medal given to a member of the armed forces of the US who has been wounded in battle
Culture:
The Purple Heart was established by George Washington in 1782 as the Badge of Military Merit, but was immediately called the Purple Heart. It is in the form of a purple heart with an image of Washington on it.
Compare Congressional Medal of Honor
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WordNet Dictionary:
noun
a United States military decoration awarded to any member of the armed forces who is wounded in action
Syn: Order of the Purple Heart

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noun
a long-acting barbiturate used as a sedative
Syn: sodium thiopental, phenobarbital, phenobarbitone, Luminal

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