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Syllabification: scar·let
Pronunciation: /ˈskärlət

Definition of scarlet in English:


1Of a brilliant red color: a mass of scarlet berries
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  • The brilliant masses of scarlet flowers of the Gulmohar are quite a sight in any setting.
  • The brilliant scarlet sky which provided a backdrop to the ship's arrival helped persuade the five judges the picture was tops.
  • Tamora's room was a wide space, and the top panes in her window were tinted red, causing scarlet splashes of colour over the flagstones.
2chiefly dated (Of an offense or sin) wicked; heinous.
2.1Immoral, especially promiscuous or unchaste.


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1A brilliant red color: papers lettered in scarlet and black
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  • They give an awe-inspiring explosion of fat, juicy blooms in scarlet, yellow or deep purpley - black.
  • The flower stems should be tall, around two feet in height, and the flowers a rich cherry red, each petal edged in scarlet.
  • The wound on his side was an angry blotch, tipped in scarlet.
1.1Scarlet clothes or material.
Example sentences
  • They opened and two guards stood in front of the party, dressed in robes of scarlet with black trim.
  • She was clothed in an attractive silk blouse of scarlet with gold brocade that laced up her ample front like a bodice.
  • Though the gap in his fingers, he had gazed upon the man dressed in regal scarlet, presently greeting the crown prince.


Middle English (originally denoting any brightly colored cloth): shortening of Old French escarlate, from medieval Latin scarlata, via Arabic and medieval Greek from late Latin sigillatus 'decorated with small images', from sigillum 'small image'.

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