Share this entry

Share this page

scarlet

Syllabification: scar·let
Pronunciation: /ˈskärlət
 
/

Definition of scarlet in English:

adjective

1Of a brilliant red color: a mass of scarlet berries
More example sentences
  • 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.

noun

Back to top  
1A brilliant red color: papers lettered in scarlet and black
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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'.

Definition of scarlet in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈʃprɑːxɡəˌfuːl
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…