scarlet letter


noun

a scarlet letter “A,” formerly worn by one convicted of adultery.

Origin of scarlet letter

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

Definition for scarlet letter (2 of 2)

Scarlet Letter, The


noun

a novel (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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scarlet letter


noun

(esp among US Puritans) a scarlet letter A formerly worn by a person convicted of adultery
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