scarlet letter


noun

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

Nearby words

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  3. scarlet fever antitoxin,
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  7. scarlet lightning,
  8. scarlet lychnis,
  9. scarlet monkey flower,
  10. scarlet pimpernel

Origin of scarlet letter

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

Scarlet Letter, The

noun

a novel (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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British Dictionary definitions for scarlet letter

scarlet letter

noun

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