Origin of varletry

First recorded in 1600–10; varlet + -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for varletry

Historical Examples of 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


noun archaic
  1. the varletry rabble; mob
  2. varlets collectively
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