scarlet

[ skahr-lit ]
/ ˈskɑr lɪt /

noun

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

adjective

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
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British Dictionary definitions for scarlet

scarlet
/ (ˈskɑːlɪt) /

noun

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

adjective

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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