- a scarlet letter “A,” formerly worn by one convicted of adultery.
Origin of scarlet letter
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
Scarlet Letter, The
- a novel (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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Kedzie never feared that it might have a scarlet-letter significance.We Can't Have Everything
- (esp among US Puritans) a scarlet letter A formerly worn by a person convicted of adultery
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