scarlet

[ skahr-lit ]
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noun
  1. a bright-red color inclining toward orange.

  2. cloth or clothing of this color.

adjective
  1. of the color scarlet.

  2. flagrantly offensive: Their sins were scarlet.

Origin of scarlet

1
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

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British Dictionary definitions for scarlet

scarlet

/ (ˈskɑːlɪt) /


noun
  1. a vivid red colour, sometimes with an orange tinge

  2. cloth or clothing of this colour

adjective
  1. of the colour scarlet

  2. sinful or immoral, esp unchaste

Origin of scarlet

1
C13: from Old French escarlate fine cloth, of unknown origin

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