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varlet

[vahr-lit] /ˈvɑr lɪt/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a knavish person; rascal.
2.
  1. an attendant or servant.
  2. a page who serves a knight.
Origin of varlet
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French; variant of valet
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  • I trust not the varlet with whom I bartered it for my motley.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The fourth varlet did not wait for me, but closed on me with his knife.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • At one time he took service with a minstrel and was his varlet.

  • "Then give the varlet food and raiment and set him on his way," said Sir Hugh.

    The Canterbury Puzzles

    Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • But, Rebecca, I've a mind to see what observance these people will give the varlet.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • The varlet, as he was then called, followed Mr Altham into the shop.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
  • The most religious persons have often more respect for a varlet, than for God.

    Good Sense Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach
  • Whether knight or varlet shall the finder be, I will not say.

  • An I had known, I should have seen the varlet hanged ere I had told him.

    The Black Arrow Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Good it is to hear that the varlet was not let sleep sound all the night!

    The Flute of the Gods

    Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for varlet

varlet

/ˈvɑːlɪt/
noun (archaic)
1.
a menial servant
2.
a knight's page
3.
a rascal
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, variant of valletvalet
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Word Origin and History for varlet
n.

mid-15c., "servant, attendant of a knight," from Middle French varlet (14c.), variant of vaslet, originally "squire, young man," from Old French vassal (see vassal). The meaning "rascal, rogue" is 1540s.

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