scar·​let | \ ˈskär-lət How to pronounce scarlet (audio) \

Definition of scarlet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : scarlet cloth or clothes
2 : any of various bright reds



Definition of scarlet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of the color scarlet
2a : grossly and glaringly offensive sinning in flagrant and scarlet fashion— G. W. Johnson
b [from the use of the word in Isaiah 1:18 & Revelation 17:1–6 (King James Version)] : of, characterized by, or associated with sexual immorality a scarlet woman

Examples of scarlet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a movie that is redolent of violence, yet devoid of bloodshed, here is a welter of scarlet. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 5 Nov. 2021 Amidst the sea of scarlet at Ohio Stadium, the marching band paid tribute to the classic show, Sesame Street, which has now been watched in homes all over the United States for over 50 years. Hayden Grove, cleveland, 31 Oct. 2021 Just last week, the model and beauty mogul posted her latest outfit on Instagram: a head-to-toe scarlet Richard Quinn one-piece. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 12 Oct. 2021 The scarlet in this first-time Scarlet-Out never went away. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 30 Oct. 2021 The tupelo is most striking in the autumn, when its leaves turn bright scarlet. Beth Botts,, 14 Sep. 2021 Flowering spurge, a great baby’s-breath accent by itself, can turn a wonderful orange or scarlet. Miri Talabac,, 30 Sep. 2021 The 50 yard lines on both sides, normally painted in white on the field, were in the teams’ colors — the west side in Oklahoma's crimson and the east side in Nebraska’s scarlet. Ryan Aber, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2021 The deep scarlet is contemporary-looking but also a tie to the past, Jones said. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There, Meghan wore a scarlet dress by Carolina Herrera, paired with a smokey eye makeup and her hair pinned up in an elegant, sleek bun. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Nov. 2021 One of our favorites is red clover or scarlet clover or fava beans. oregonlive, 16 Oct. 2021 The showroom is a world unto itself, of scarlet floors, lavender walls, replica Tiffany stained glass and flea market furniture lacquered black. Susan Dominus Photographs By Joshua Kissi Styled By Ian Bradley Sasha Weiss Photographs By Collier Schorr Styled By Jay Massacret Megan O’grady Portrait By Mickalene Thomas And Racquel Chevremont Ligaya Mishan Photographs By Tina Barney, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 There's a slight ombré effect at the roots where the color fades from black to the scarlet shade for a seamless look. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 13 Oct. 2021 This smart box of tricks is now in its third iteration and is finished in a very fetching shade of red that’s more crimson than scarlet. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 The highlight of that setup was Chris Redd as Kanye, resplendent in a scarlet bomber jacket and whining that Kardashian West had hacked his Twitter account to praise the musical Wicked. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 10 Oct. 2021 Single Early varieties include Apricot Beauty, salmon blooms gently flamed rose; Couleur Cardinal, scarlet red flamed purple; and Prinses Irene, a soft orange with pink-purple flames. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 Those who've visited Italy will no doubt have encountered Trenitalia's Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) or the stunning scarlet trains of its strong competitor Italo. Ben Jones, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of scarlet


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scarlet


Middle English scarlat, scarlet, from Anglo-French escarlet, from Medieval Latin scarlata, from Persian saqalāt, a kind of rich cloth

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English Language Learners Definition of scarlet

: a bright red color


scar·​let | \ ˈskär-lət How to pronounce scarlet (audio) \

Kids Definition of scarlet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bright red



Kids Definition of scarlet (Entry 2 of 2)

: colored bright red

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