a scarlet letter “A,” formerly worn by one convicted of adultery.
The Curious Chronicle Of The Letter CThe English language is infamously difficult in part because its spelling befuddles even native speakers as letters take on different sounds depending on what letters surround it. Few letters exemplify this trouble more than the third letter of the English alphabet: C. Think about these words: cease, coin, chic, indict, and discrepancy. In this string of terms, C sounds like S, K, Sh, and in …
A Brief History Of The Letter HThough it’s a high-value letter in Scrabble and Words with Friends, H is a relatively common letter. Statistically speaking, it is the eighth most commonly used letter in the English language. That’s because H is usually paired with other consonants like wh, ch, sh, and gh. H is found in the most common two-letter pair (th) and in the most common three-letter combination (the). (The letter …
Origin of scarlet letter
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
Definition for scarlet letter (2 of 2)
Scarlet Letter, The
a novel (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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Examples from the Web for scarlet letter
Kedzie never feared that it might have a scarlet-letter significance.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for scarlet letter
(esp among US Puritans) a scarlet letter A formerly worn by a person convicted of adultery
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