Definition of varlet in English:

varlet

Syllabification: var·let
Pronunciation: /ˈvärlət
 
/

noun

1 historical A man or boy acting as an attendant or servant.
More example sentences
  • Even among those who rank, at least by economic criteria, as middle-class, the most proximate precedent for their dress style is that of medieval varlets.
1.1A knight’s page.
2 archaic A dishonest or unprincipled man.
More example sentences
  • What varlet hath done such a blight upon our fair Empire?

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, variant of valet 'attendant' (see valet). The sense 'rogue' dates from the mid 16th century.

Derivatives

varletry

Pronunciation: /-lətrē/
noun
More example sentences
  • I will go and fright the varletry with my presence, and secure, I trust, a horse for Your Majesty, and one for myself.
  • The modern magazine reader is a member of the new bourgeois varletry, the monied class that makes the old nouveau riche look like aristocracy.

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