scarlet

noun
scar·​let | \ˈskär-lət \

Definition of scarlet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : scarlet cloth or clothes

2 : any of various bright reds

scarlet

adjective

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

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In its shadow, sea lions splash in the shallows, their distinctive barks intermingled with the crashing waves, as scarlet Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttle along the ebony shoreline and Galápagos hawks survey the scene from above. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "Visit the Galapagos Like a Royal," 23 June 2018 This annual can grow 1 to 4 feet and in warm colors including scarlet, orange, and yellow. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "18 Summer Flowers That Can Take The Heat," 27 July 2016 The night’s Fashion Icon Award winner Naomi Campbell, in a beaded scarlet Calvin Klein dress, paused to apply lip gloss while photographers huddled around her. Kristen Tauer | Wwd, latimes.com, "CFDA Awards: Night of the icons," 5 June 2018 That long and leggy scarlet-flowered beauty hanging from the town hall’s porch? Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Of The Easiest Houseplants To Grow From Cuttings," 14 Dec. 2017 Araujo filmed statues there painted jet black with scarlet lips, many with vexed expressions. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Harvard’s Cooper Gallery updates the blackamoor," 18 Apr. 2018 The advertising of a lady’s past, the beige and ivory taint of autobiography dyed like a scarlet A into the very threads of her dress. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "In Lorrie Moore’s Nonfiction, the Sounds of an Intellectual Having a Good Time," 26 Mar. 2018 Resplendent in traditional Korean hanbok outfits — her in flowing scarlet and royal blue, him in full-length regal maroon — the pair wandered through Seoul’s historical district of homes and businesses from another time. Spud Hilton, San Francisco Chronicle, "5 South Korea surprises you won’t get from watching Olympics," 8 Feb. 2018 Speaking of scarlet, Gal Gadot looked wondrous in Gabriela Hearst’s sleek coatdress. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of January 15, 2018," 15 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Nearby was a line of padded folding chairs, the scarlet seats emblazoned with a fully uniformed Confederate soldier, poised for battle. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Lee High School’s mountain of memories to be auctioned," 11 July 2018 Who needs red, white, and blue when Rihanna's take on scarlet shadow (Saffron, from her new Moroccan Spice palette for Fenty Beauty) is this stunning? Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Best Fourth of July 2018 Celebrity Beauty Instagrams," 5 July 2018 To her right, Mirlande Jean-Baptiste, from Haiti, wears a wildly floral dress, scarlet lipstick, and dangling earrings. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 My pick for the holiday lies on the strawberry dessert spectrum — plump, juicy, fragrantly ripe scarlet berries piled in a tart shell or on shortcake with a cloud of cream. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Pie That Is but a Dream," 25 June 2018 Specifically, a few lean toward the precious and parsimonious, like slices of alabaster fluke adorned with tiny maitake mushrooms and shreds of aromatic celery leaf, or hamachi adorned with mint and scarlet slices of plum. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Andersonville’s Passerotto is a tale of two peninsulas," 21 June 2018 With hips gyrating, a dozen women sporting scarlet bodysuit and pumps joined in, as ALN sang. Bianca Alysse, Billboard, "A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Bad Bunny & Jaden Smith Dazzle at Soulfrito Fest 2018 in NY," 10 June 2018 The monarch, who recently had a successful cataract operation, watched the ceremony from a dais and inspected the guardsmen in bearskin hats and scarlet tunics. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Harry and Meghan turn out for Trooping the Color spectacle," 9 June 2018 The first step was covering my lids with a scarlet shade from the Morphe 35O2 Second Nature Eyeshadow Palette. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Copied My Favorite K-Pop Star's Makeup for a Week — and It Was Exhausting," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of scarlet

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scarlet

Noun

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

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scarlet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scarlet

: a bright red color

scarlet

noun
scar·​let | \ˈskär-lət \

Kids Definition of scarlet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bright red

scarlet

adjective

Kids Definition of scarlet (Entry 2 of 2)

: colored bright red

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