varlet

[ vahr-lit ]
/ ˈvɑr lɪt /

noun Archaic.

a knavish person; rascal.
  1. an attendant or servant.
  2. a page who serves a knight.

Nearby words

  1. varisized,
  2. varistor,
  3. varitype,
  4. varityper,
  5. varix,
  6. varletry,
  7. varley loop,
  8. varmint,
  9. varmus,
  10. varna

Origin of varlet

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French; variant of valet

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British Dictionary definitions for varlet

varlet

/ (ˈvɑːlɪt) /

noun archaic

a menial servant
a knight's page
a rascal

Word Origin for varlet

C15: from Old French, variant of vallet valet

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Word Origin and History for varlet

varlet

n.

mid-15c., "servant, attendant of a knight," from Middle French varlet (14c.), variant of vaslet, originally "squire, young man," from Old French vassal (see vassal). The meaning "rascal, rogue" is 1540s.

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