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  1. the red table wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France: originally it was light red or yellowish.
  2. a similar wine made elsewhere.
  3. Also called claret red. a deep purplish red.
  4. Slang. blood.
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  1. deep purplish-red.
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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
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  1. mainly British a red wine, esp one from the Bordeaux district of France
    1. a purplish-red colour
    2. (as adjective)a claret carpet
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French (vin) claret clear (wine), from Medieval Latin clārātum, from clārāre to make clear, from Latin clārus clear
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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.

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