- an attendant or servant.
- a page who serves a knight.
Origin of varlet
Examples from the Web for varlet
Whether knight or varlet shall the finder be, I will not say.In the Court of King Arthur|Samuel Lowe
And when he had done and ended this battle, anon he called to him his varlet, the which brought him his horse.
Therewith the varlet mounted the stairway, and in the chamber above he met with his host.Tales from the Old French|Various
And as the king and the queen were at mass the varlet came with the letters.
He ordered the varlet to be removed and examined, in order to discover whether any secret letters were concealed about him.The Canterbury Puzzles|Henry Ernest Dudeney
Word Origin for varlet
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.