scarlet

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Old French escarlate (a type of cloth), from Medieval Latin scarlatum (scarlet cloth), from Persian سقرلات (saqerlât, a warm woollen cloth), of uncertain origin.

Noun[edit]

scarlet (plural scarlets)

  1. A bright red, slightly orange colour.
    scarlet colour:    
  2. Cloth of a scarlet color.
    • Bible, Proverbs xxxi. 21
      All her household are clothed with scarlet.

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Adjective[edit]

scarlet (comparative more scarlet, superlative most scarlet)

  1. Of a bright red colour.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 5, The Younger Set[1]:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume ; … ; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  2. Sinful or whorish.
    a scarlet woman

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Verb[edit]

scarlet (third-person singular simple present scarlets, present participle scarleting, simple past and past participle scarleted)

  1. To dye or tinge with scarlet.
    • Ford
      The ashy paleness of my cheek / Is scarleted in ruddy flakes of wrath.

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