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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Rank distinguished by Colour.
In China the emperor, empress, and prince imperial wear yellow; the other wives of the emperor wear violet; high state officers wear blue; officials of lower rank wear red; and the general public wear black or some dark shade.   1

 Rank and File.Ranks. 

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