- 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
Examples from the Web for claret
Claret for boys, port for men, and brandy for heroes, according to Dr. Johnson, and Hitch went for the heroic.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Claret, now synonymous with fine red Bordeaux, derives from the Latin word for “clear” and “pale-colored.”Summer in a Glass: Everything’s Coming Up Rosés
June 7, 2014
Mrs. Buller cooked a braised saddle of veal and delicious it was too served with a rich gravy flavored with claret.A Real-Life ‘Downton Abbey’ Affair
January 13, 2013
Why, at that fellow's house he gives you that claret wine as warm as soup.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She picked at her food delicately, and Payne suggested some claret.Quaint Courtships
Dissolve half a pound of loaf-sugar in half a pint of claret.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Claret for youth, say I, sack for maturity, and strong waters in old age.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Restrict yourself to a pint of claret, and that of the lightest, for the future.
- mainly British a red wine, esp one from the Bordeaux district of France
- a purplish-red colour
- (as adjective)a claret carpet
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.