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[klar-it] /ˈklær ɪt/
the red table wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France: originally it was light red or yellowish.
a similar wine made elsewhere.
Also called claret red. a deep purplish red.
Slang. blood.
deep purplish-red.
Origin of claret
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French claret, cleret, alteration, by suffix substitution, of Old French claré wine mixed with honey and herbs or spices < Medieval Latin clarātum, equivalent to Latin clār(us) clear + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged
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  • It was something to swagger about when they were together after their second bottle of claret.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • Does Julianna ever take a glass of sherry or claret when I am not at dinner?

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • In days of old, in the century before last, captains were fined pints and magnums of claret for certain delinquencies.

  • "I see differences," and Hilton helped himself to a glass of claret.

  • Clean a black bass of four pounds, put it in the fish-kettle to boil, adding half a bottle of claret.

  • I am like a man who gives you the last bottle of his '25 claret.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • A small glass of either port, sherry, or claret is a very good addition.

British Dictionary definitions for claret


(mainly Brit) a red wine, esp one from the Bordeaux district of France
  1. a purplish-red colour
  2. (as adjective): a claret carpet
Word Origin
C14: from Old French (vin) claret clear (wine), from Medieval Latin clārātum, from clārāre to make clear, from Latin clārusclear
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Word Origin and History for claret

mid-15c., "light-colored wine," from Old French (vin) claret "clear (wine), light-colored red wine" (also "sweetened wine," a sense in English from late 14c.), from Latin clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)). Narrowed English meaning "red wine of Bordeaux" (excluding burgundy) first attested 1700. Used in pugilistic slang for "blood" from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for claret




[1604+ Prizefight; fr the red color of claret wine]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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