scarlet

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noun

scar·​let ˈskär-lət How to pronounce scarlet (audio)
1
: scarlet cloth or clothes
2
: any of various bright reds

scarlet

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adjective

1
: of the color scarlet
2
a
: grossly and glaringly offensive
sinning in flagrant and scarlet fashionG. 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

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Noun
There are two sides of the red carpet: The one everyone sees at home with megawatt stars, and the one behind them where other ticket holders walk up a massive staircase, also draped in scarlet, where staff members politely and sternly moved everyone along as people lingered to take selfies. Krystie Lee Yandoli, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2024 Stormi complemented her mother in shades of scarlet–notably a riff on look 21 from the collection, given a miniature twist. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 29 Jan. 2024
Adjective
Take the stroll down the grass back to North Harford’s softball field behind its school building, where scarlet red overpowered both the Hawks’ green and yellow, and visiting Bel Air blue. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 24 May 2024 The area between the fingers and toes is completely webbed, the researchers said, and scarlet in color. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for scarlet 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scarlet was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Scarlet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scarlet. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

scarlet

noun
scar·​let
ˈskär-lət
1
: scarlet cloth or clothes
2
: a bright red
scarlet adjective

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