clar·​et | \ ˈkler-ət How to pronounce claret (audio) , ˈkla-rət \

Definition of claret

1 : a red Bordeaux wine also : a similar wine produced elsewhere
2 : a dark purplish red

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Recent Examples on the Web This is a history of Western civilization viewed through the prism of a glass of claret, minus the wars and boring treaties, but full of culture, commerce, art, literature and religion. Washington Post, "Crack open the best 2020 wine books for rich history, international politics and a vintner’s lively memoir," 11 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, the claret jug stays with Shane Lowry of Ireland, who won last year at Royal Portrush. Doug Ferguson, Houston Chronicle, "British canceled, Masters to November in major rescheduling," 6 Apr. 2020 This has led some scientists to predict the extinction of wines that are nearly synonymous with the liquid itself, such as Burgundy’s pinot noirs or Bordeaux clarets. The Economist, "Climate change is forcing winemakers to move further from the equator," 22 Nov. 2019 Potential to improve in the future but so far, Ajeti has flopped in claret and blue., "A Way Too Early Assessment of West Ham's Summer Signings," 12 Oct. 2019 And yet here Downton is, stuffed to the gills with good claret and Mrs. Patmore’s rissoles, ready to remind us that things worked better when everyone knew their place. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Downton, Downton, Revolution," 16 Sep. 2019 The Brazilian ran towards the box, but recognising he was surrounded by claret and blue shirts, played a sublime pass to a sprinting, unmarked Sadio Mané, who coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner., "7 of the Best Moments From Another Action-Packed Premier League Weekend," 2 Sep. 2019 Having scored twice in West Ham's win over Watford, Haller is clearly repaying this faith but believes his best is yet to come in claret and blue., "Sebastian Haller Transfer Fee Could Rise to £55m But West Ham Striker Is Fueled by 'Pressure'," 27 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately not the shade of claret and blue, which is closest to my heart. James Masters, CNN, "Premier League predictions: Liverpool or Manchester City? Kane or Aguero?," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of claret

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for claret

Middle English, from Anglo-French (vin) claret clear wine, from claret clear, from cler clear

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“Claret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of claret

: a type of red wine made in Bordeaux, France
: a dark purplish-red color

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