- A notoriously promiscuous or immoral woman: I will not consent to be portrayed in the press as a scarlet woman!More example sentences
- ‘I really was the scarlet woman all those years ago,’ she said.
- Having been told that she was a scarlet woman who had brought the name of the House of Windsor into disrepute, Margaret decided to behave like one.
- Cinderella's stylish godmother is a bit of a scarlet woman and definitely had a very good war.
early 19th century: originally applied as a derogatory reference to the Roman Catholic Church, regarded as being devoted to showy ritual (Rev. 17).