[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for claret


/ (ˈklærət) /


mainly British a red wine, esp one from the Bordeaux district of France
  1. a purplish-red colour
  2. (as adjective)a claret carpet

Word Origin for claret

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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