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scarlet

noun scar·let \ ˈskär-lət \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of scarlet

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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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scarlet

adjective

Definition of scarlet

1 : of the color scarlet
2 a : 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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First Known Use of scarlet

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SCARLET Defined for English Language Learners

scarlet

Definition of scarlet for English Language Learners

  • : a bright red color


SCARLET Defined for Kids

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scarlet

noun scar·let \ ˈskär-lət \

Definition of scarlet for Students

: a bright red

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scarlet

adjective

Definition of scarlet for Students

: colored bright red


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