[ skahr-lit ]
/ ˈskɑr lɪt /


a bright-red color inclining toward orange.
cloth or clothing of this color.


of the color scarlet.
flagrantly offensive: Their sins were scarlet.


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Origin of scarlet

1200–50; Middle English < Old French escarlate < Medieval Latin scarlata, scarletum, perhaps < Arabic saqirlāṭ, siqillāṭ < Medieval Greek sigillátos < Latin sigillātus decorated with patterns in relief; see sigillate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for scarlet

/ (ˈskɑːlɪt) /


a vivid red colour, sometimes with an orange tinge
cloth or clothing of this colour


of the colour scarlet
sinful or immoral, esp unchaste

Word Origin for scarlet

C13: from Old French escarlate fine cloth, of unknown origin
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