[ vahr-li-tree ]
/ ˈvɑr lɪ tri /

noun Archaic.

varlets collectively.
the mob or rabble.

Origin of varletry

First recorded in 1600–10; varlet + -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for varletry

  • The excitement of the varletry in the square, they say, was fearful to hear.

  • It was only the clientage and varletry of Octavia who had dared to assume the peoples name.

    Darkness and Dawn|Frederic W. Farrar
  • The whole pack of varletry, in the hope of Court favour, subjected the two disgraced young princes to espionage by night and day.

    The Death of the Gods|Dmitri Mrejkowski

British Dictionary definitions for varletry


/ (ˈvɑːlɪtrɪ) /

noun archaic

the varletry rabble; mob
varlets collectively

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